An autopsy (or necropsy) is a medical examination of cadavers.
Aim of an autopsy
The aim of an autopsy is to precisely establish the causes of death of a victim. They are also performed by medical students to learn about human anatomy.
The autopsy process
The examination is performed by a forensic doctor who begins with a detailed external examination of the cadaver. A long incision is then made into the thorax and abdomen to allow the internal organs to be examined and removed. They may be weighed and analysed for histology or toxicology.
Autopsies are performed on cadavers in an autopsy room. © Ralf Roletschek, Wikimedia, GFDL 1.2