Medical Definition of Bx

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Reviewed on 12/27/2018

Bx: Abbreviation for biopsy, the removal of a sample of tissue for examination or other study.

Biopsies are most frequently studied by use of a microscope to check for possible abnormalities such as inflammation or cancer. A biopsy may also be used for specialized purposes such as to start cell cultures to analyze a genetic disease or the process of aging in the laboratory.

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Reviewed on 12/27/2018