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open biopsy (OH-pen BY-op-see)

A procedure in which a surgical incision (cut) is made through the skin to expose and remove
tissues. The biopsy tissue is examined under a microscope by a pathologist. An open biopsy
may be done in the doctor’s office or in the hospital, and may use local anesthesia or general
anesthesia. A lumpectomy to remove a breast tumor is a type of open biopsy.

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