Autopsy Glossary of Terms

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Abdomen: The belly, that part of the body that contains all of the structures between the...

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Abdominal: Relating to the abdomen, the belly, that part of the body that contains all of ...

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Abdominal cavity: The cavity within the abdomen, the space between the abdominal wall and...

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Analysis: In psychology, a term for conversation-based therapeutic processes used to gain ...

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Autopsy: A postmortem examination. Also known as necropsy.

Bacteria: Single-celled microorganisms that can exist either as independent (free-living) ...

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Brain: The portion of the central nervous system that is located within the skull. It func...

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Breast bone: Familiar name for the sternum, the long flat bone in the middle of the front ...

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Chest: The area of the body located between the neck and the abdomen. The chest contains t...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Dissect: To cut apart or separate tissue, as for anatomical study or in surgery. Also, an ...

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Ear: The hearing organ. There are three sections of the ear, according to the anatomy tex...

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Forensic: Dealing with the application of scientific knowledge to legal problems and legal...

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Formalin: A 37% aqueous (water) solution of formaldehyde, a pungent gas, with the chemical...

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Fungi: Plural of fungus.

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Genetic: Having to do with genes and genetic
information.

Heritable: Capable of being transmitted from parent to child.

Homicide: 1. The killing of a person. 2. Strictly speaking, the killing of a...

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Incision: A cut through skin or other tissue performed by a health care professional.

Laboratory: A place for doing tests and research procedures, and for preparing chemicals a...

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Metabolic: Relating to metabolism, the whole range of biochemical processes that occur wit...

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Microscopic: So small it cannot be seen without the aid of microscope. As opposed to macro...

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Microscopy: The examination of minute objects by means of a microscope, an instrument whic...

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Necropsy: A postmortem examination or autopsy.

Pathologist: A physician who identifies diseases and conditions by studying abnormal cells...

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Postmortem examination: An autopsy, or an examination of a human body after death. Also ca...

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Skull: The skull is a collection of bones which encase the brain and give form to the hea...

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Sternum: The long flat bone in the upper middle of the front of the chest. The sternum art...

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Toxicity: The degree to which a substance (a toxin or poison) can harm humans or animals. ...

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Toxicology: The study of the nature, effects, and detection of poisons (toxins) and the tr...

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Viruses: Small living particles that can infect cells and change how the cells function. I...

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