li·​vid·​i·​ty li-ˈvi-də-tē How to pronounce lividity (audio)
: the quality or state of being livid
specifically : reddish- to bluish-purple discoloration of the skin due to the settling and pooling of blood following death
If her body was contorted for four to five hours after death, Lee should have displayed some lividity on her side. Cristina Everett

Examples of lividity in a Sentence

the level of the boss's lividity was something I'd never seen outside of cartoons—I almost expected steam to rise out of his head

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lividity was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lividity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


li·​vid·​i·​ty liv-ˈid-ət-ē How to pronounce lividity (audio)
plural lividities
: the condition of being livid
postmortem lividity
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