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Syn: autopsy. 1. A pathological examination of a dead body that aims to discover the exact cause of death. The emphasis is on gross anatomical changes and on the microscopic appearance of tissues and organs that have been affected by disease. In cases where foul play is suspected, a wide range of investigations in the field of forensic pathology are also conducted; such investigations are the topic of many popular television series. See also forensic medicine, pathology and verbal autopsy. 2. Any inquiry conducted after the fact to determine what happened.

1. A pathological examination of a dead body that aims to discover the exact cause of death. The emphasis is on gross anatomical changes and on the microscopic appearance of tissues and organs that have been affected by disease. In cases where foul play is suspected, a wide range of investigations in the field of forensic pathology are also conducted; such investigations are the topic of many popular television series. See also forensic medicine, pathology and verbal autopsy. 2. Any inquiry conducted after the fact to determine what happened.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.


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