Autopsy Law and Legal Definition

Autopsy is the examination of a dead body to find out the cause of death. This is an important procedure in criminal investigations. It is also referred to as postmortem or necropsy. Autopsies can be restricted to specific parts of the body or organs. Usually autopsies are performed by doctors trained in pathology. Whenever foul play is suspected, a government coroner or medical examiner performs autopsies for legal use. Autopsy also means evidence of one’s own senses.