Definition of biopsy in English:



  • An examination of tissue removed from a living body to discover the presence, cause, or extent of a disease.

    ‘a bone marrow biopsy’
    [mass noun] ‘cirrhosis was confirmed by biopsy’
    • ‘Colonoscopy is preferable to a barium enema because it allows for the biopsy and removal of lesions.’
    • ‘In addition, later biopsies may show disease progression or regression.’
    • ‘The patient would probably benefit from doing transbronchial biopsies with the lavage if that is the prime consideration.’
    • ‘Microscopic examination of the gastric biopsies revealed the presence of cellular infiltrate in the mucosa and submucosa.’
    • ‘We examined only cervical biopsies in this study, and the results obtained may not be generalizable to other biopsy types.’
    • ‘Clearly blood tests, radiography, biopsies, and other technology based evaluations qualify.’
    • ‘A tentative diagnosis of rabies was made on a biopsy and confirmed at autopsy.’
    • ‘Among the available follow-up surgical biopsies, no malignant diagnoses were made.’
    • ‘Finally, all women underwent thorough colposcopic examination, including directed biopsies.’
    • ‘For example, invasive procedures such as needle biopsies are guided by ultrasound images.’
    • ‘Ultrasound examination and core biopsies confirm the diagnosis.’
    • ‘It is still unknown to what extent bronchial biopsies capture pathology at this more peripheral location.’
    • ‘After blood tests and a biopsy, Coeliac disease was confirmed and he was told to give up gluten.’
    • ‘While awaiting an appointment for the result of the biopsies, the patient discovered she was pregnant.’
    • ‘An alternative approach is cryopreservation of slices or biopsies of ovarian tissue, which contain many thousands of immature oocytes.’
    • ‘In these cases, mistakes frequently are made during examination of endoscopic biopsies.’
    • ‘Despite this second assessment, there were still no subtle features of coeliac disease on the initial biopsy.’
    • ‘The blandness of the spindle cells was so impressive as to dissuade us from a malignant diagnosis on preoperative biopsies.’
    • ‘Furthermore, endoscopic biopsies may not be sufficient to make the diagnosis, often requiring a surgical resection.’
    • ‘Surgical biopsies of paraffin-embedded lung tissue, if available, were reviewed by a lung pathologist.’


  • Conduct a biopsy on (tissue removed from a living body)

    ‘the lesions may be malignant and should be biopsied’
    • ‘We biopsied him: not only did he have the classic pathologic findings of HIV nephropathy, but when we looked for the virus, we found it there in a great amount and also in his epithelial cells, which was quite unusual.’
    • ‘This finding supports the idea that the increased incidence of melanoma is largely the result of increased diagnostic scrutiny - that is, skin lesions are being biopsied that would not have been in the past.’
    • ‘An 11 gauge vacuum assisted biopsy device is now available which, because it provides more tissue, increases the diagnostic yield when biopsying microcalcification.’
    • ‘However, if the fluid is bloody, if the cyst doesn't go away, or if it quickly recurs, it may need to be biopsied or surgically removed.’
    • ‘These suspicious lesions need to be biopsied, that is have tissue removed for microscopic diagnosis, and in melanoma the biopsy should include complete removal.’
    • ‘Tender breast buds in prepubertal girls can be misdiagnosed as abnormal lumps, but should not be biopsied or excised.’
    • ‘An abnormal Pap smear is followed by colposcopy, where the cervix is examined using a low-power microscope, and any abnormal areas are biopsied.’
    • ‘Large-core needles are effective ways of biopsying specific areas and are most commonly used for biopsying the breast, and the prostate.’
    • ‘The mass was biopsied under ultrasound guidance on the second day of admission with 10 passes with a 15 gauge biopsy gun and Sure-cut needle.’
    • ‘Should they be systematically biopsied and removed, or can some just be left alone?’
    • ‘Furthermore, in common with all biopsied cohorts from referral centers, the mean patient age was considerably lower than in populations drawn from secondary centers or the community.’
    • ‘The probed site was then biopsied and the tissue samples were fixed in formalin for routine histopathology.’
    • ‘New imaging technologies enable students to explore bodily structures without dissecting, while pathological studies can often be made on tissue located and biopsied in the living patient.’
    • ‘In 2 patients, 2 separate lesions were biopsied.’
    • ‘The edge of a lesion should be biopsied and tissue submitted for histology and culture.’
    • ‘For instance, when biopsying a visible lesion, the diagnostic yield is better than 90%.’
    • ‘But there's controversy: Unlike shaved or excised moles, lasered ones can't be biopsied because no skin tissue is removed.’
    • ‘Definitive diagnosis is made by biopsying the liver.’
    • ‘Any tissue can be biopsied, including the liver, lung, brain and bone marrow.’
    • ‘Now many suspicious breast masses and calcifications can be biopsied with a needle.’


Late 19th century: coined in French from Greek bios life + opsis sight, on the pattern of necropsy.