noun, plural bi·op·sies.

  1. the removal for diagnostic study of a piece of tissue from a living body.
  2. a specimen obtained from a biopsy.

verb (used with object), bi·op·sied, bi·op·sy·ing.

  1. to remove (living tissue) for diagnostic evaluation.

noun plural -sies

  1. examination, esp under a microscope, of tissue from a living body to determine the cause or extent of a disease
  2. the sample taken for such an examination

1895, from French biopsie, coined by French dermatologist Ernest Besnier (1831-1909) from Greek bi- comb. form of bios “life” (see bio-) + opsis “a sight” (see eye (n.)). As a verb, from 1964.


  1. The removal and examination of a sample of tissue from a living body for diagnostic purposes.
  2. A specimen so obtained.

  1. A sample of tissue removed from a living body by a medical provider for diagnostic purposes.

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