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The dissection of a corpse (dead human body) in order to determine the cause of death. Also known as a postmortem examination or necropsy. This method is used by a medical examiner or coroner when the cause of death is unknown or when death seems to have occurred under suspicious circumstances.

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Anatomía del corazón; ¡Y tenía corazón!; La autopsia. 1890. by Enrique Simonet, oil on canvas is licensed under Public Domain.

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