autopsy

(redirected from autopsy record)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal.

autopsy:

see post-mortem examinationpost-mortem examination
or autopsy,
systematic examination of a cadaver for study or for determining the cause of death. Post-mortems use many methodical procedures to determine the etiology and pathogenesis of diseases, for epidemologic purposes, for establishment of
..... Click the link for more information.
.

Autopsy

 

(section, obduction), the examination of a corpse in order to clarify the nature of the morbid changes and establish the cause of death.

Autopsies maybe either pathologicoanatomical or medicolegal; the first explores death from various diseases in a medical facility, while the latter refers to deaths that may be ascribed to violent or criminal action and that are ordered investigated by legal authorities. Autopsy plays an enormous role in instruction and refinement of the physician’s knowledge (as a check for the validity of diagnosis and treatment). Autopsies are also used as a basis for the exploration of problems in thanatology and resuscitation and the statistical indexes of mortality and lethality. Data from medicolegal autopsies have an important and sometimes decisive influence in court. Pathologicoanatomical autopsy is carried out by a pathological anatomist-physician (prosector) in specially equipped institutions attached to clinics or hospitals; medicolegal autopsies are performed by an expert in forensic medicine at the morgue. Autopsies are performed according to a prescribed method, and the findings are presented either in an autopsy report (for pathologicoanatomical autopsy) or a legal statement (for medicolegal autopsy).

V. V. SEROV

autopsy

[′ȯ‚tap·sē]
(pathology)
A postmortem examination of the body to determine cause of death.

autopsy

dissection and examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death
References in periodicals archive ?
The second algorithm (algorithm 2) was developed on the basis of the full text of the pathologists' dictated autopsy records (i.
The BBC One show will use real-life case notes, autopsy records and diaries to bring the era back to life.
Called Casualty 1907 the new show is set 20 years before penicillin was discovered and is based on Edwardian ward reports, autopsy records and diaries.
Researchers who have now examined medical and autopsy records of the four dead women report striking similarities.
The case will evoke memories of the controversy over access to the Dale Earnhardt autopsy records after the NASCAR driver's death in 2001.
The researchers matched the autopsy records with information in the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) database, which was set up by the Drug Enforcement Agency to collect mortality data from medical examiners and emergency room personnel.
Along with the tissue samples, the investigators have also gathered detailed medical and autopsy records, as well as prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal histories.