biopsy /ˈbʌɪɒpsi/

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I. noun

an examination of tissue removed from a living body to discover the presence, cause, or extent of a disease.

a bone marrow biopsy.
[ mass noun]
cirrhosis was confirmed by biopsy.
II. verb [with obj.]

1. conduct a biopsy on (tissue removed from a living body)

the lesions may be malignant and should be biopsied.
– origin late 19th cent.: coined in French from Greek bios ‘life’ + opsis ‘sight’, on the pattern of necropsy.

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