biopsy etymology

English word biopsy comes from Ancient Greek βίος, Ancient Greek ὤψ, and later French biopsie (Biopsy.)

Detailed word origin of biopsy

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
βίος Ancient Greek (grc)
ὤψ Ancient Greek (grc)
biopsie French (fra) Biopsy.
biopsy English (eng) To take a sample (a biopsy) for pathological examination. The removal and examination of a sample of tissue, cells, or bodily fluid from a living body for diagnostic purposes.

Words with the same origin as biopsy

Descendants of βίος
biography biological biologist biology
Descendants of ὤψ
cyclops