Thread: Autopsy vs. Necropsy
09-01-2007, 02:54 PM #1
Autopsy vs. Necropsy
What is the difference between an Autopsy and a Necropsy? I was reading an article about the DMX situation and the article contained the following sentence.
The results of the necropsies will be used as evidence for possible charges of animal cruelty, Arpaio said.
09-01-2007, 02:57 PM #2
A "necropsy" is the word used to describe "autopsies" performed on animals and other non-humans. They are one in the same.
09-01-2007, 03:01 PM #3
At the risk of sounding completely brainless, what else would a necropsy be performed on, other than animals?
This sounds like information that I might be able to use in my writing later on down the road.
09-01-2007, 03:10 PM #4
You know man....like aliens... Just kidding I am not sure why I added the; "other non-humans" bit, I may just be tired. Necropsy is actually the exact same thing as an autopsy. However, the prefix "auto" means self, therefore, when performed on "one of our own" (i.e. human) it is called an autopsy. But when performed on a non-human, the term necropsy is used. Same thing, different application. Hope that helps.
09-01-2007, 04:23 PM #5
So now we know what they were doing out there in Roswell... Thank you, for taking the time to answer my questions. I have a few more, but it is completely unrelated to this so I'll post them later.