negative autopsy

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An autopsy for which the gross and histologic findings do not provide an adequate cause of death; 2 to 5% of post-mortem examinations are deemed unascertained
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negative autopsy

Pathology An autopsy for which the gross and histologic findings do not provide an adequate explanation for the cause of death. See Autopsy.
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