A necropsy is a surgical examination of a dead body, most commonly a dead animal, in order to learn why the animal died. A more common word for necropsy is autopsy. Either way, it's the dissection of a corpse performed to learn something about the cause of death or about a particular disease. Frequently the word necropsy is used when the body being examined is not human — in the case of a laboratory animal, for example.
noun, plural nec·rop·sies. the examination of a body after death; autopsy. verb (used with object), nec·rop·sied, nec·rop·sy·ing. to perform a necropsy on. COMPARE MEANINGS necropsy autopsy Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck! Question Origin of necropsy 1855–60; necr- + -opsy 1
nec•rop•sy (ˈnɛk rɒp si) n., pl. -sies, n. 1. the examination of a body after death; autopsy. v.t. 2. to perform a necropsy on. [1855–60] Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. necropsy autopsy. See also: Corpses -Ologies & -Isms.
A post-mortem examination, or necropsy, is far more common in veterinary medicine than in human medicine. For many species that exhibit few external symptoms (sheep), or that are not suited to detail clinical examination (poultry, cage birds, zoo animals), it is a common method used by veterinary physicians to come to a diagnosis. A necropsy is mostly used like an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
The Necropsy section performs post mortem examinations on production animals (porcine, bovine, ovine, etc.), companion animals (dogs, cats, horses, camelids, etc.), poultry, zoo/exotics, wildlife and fish to determine the cause of illness and/or death. The section also evaluates tissue samples and other specimen types submitted to the laboratory for diagnostic evaluation.
The necropsy includes a full, detailed, gross examination of all of the tissues, as well as full histopathology on all relevant organs and lesions. Under no circumstances can the pathologist have any direct communication (phone calls, email, letters) with the pet owners. The pathologist cannot and will not respond to an owner.
Necropsy About Us The Department of Pathobiology offers a postmortem examination service exclusively dedicated to clientele from the Auburn University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This is a predominantly academically-based service directed to advancing knowledge in veterinary pathology, teaching, and research.