<procedure, surgery> A biopsy refers to a procedure that involves obtaining a tissue specimen for microscopic analysis to establish a precise diagnosis.
Biopsies can be accomplished with a biopsy needle (passed through the skin into the organ in question) or by open surgical incision.
See: abdominal wall fat pad biopsy, endometrial biopsy, heart biopsy, muscle biopsy, needle biopsy, nerve biopsy, open lung biopsy, pleural needle biopsy, salivary gland biopsy.
(07 Apr 1998)
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