What diagnostic method's name
derives from a word that means "life sight" in Greek?
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To perform a diagnosis by removing a
tissue sample from a living body is to perform a biopsy. The word was coined in
1895 by Ernest Besnier from the Greek bios,
life, and opsis, a sight.
The first OED citation is:
1895 E. Besnier in
J. J. Pringle Pict. Atlas Skin Dis. 88: "Clinical
teaching will now find in a 'biopsy' a valuable means of confirming or
invalidating a dubious diagnosis."
I guess that an
"autopsy" (self-sight?-- but geez, you can hardly do it yourself, can you?)
would then more accurately be called a "thanatopsy" ("thanatos" being Greek for
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