One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of, belonging to, or of the nature of an eyewitness; based on or characterized by personal observation.
2Medicine. Of or relating to (an) autopsy.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Christian Observer. From Hellenistic Greek αὐτοπτικός of an eyewitness from Byzantine Greek αὔτοπτος self-revealed + -ικός.
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