mor·​ti·​cian | \ mȯr-ˈti-shən How to pronounce mortician (audio) \

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Examples of mortician in a Sentence

the mortician will take care of all of the arrangements for the funeral
Recent Examples on the Web This is Tom Habermann, 34, manager and resident mortician of the Guida Funeral Home. New York Times, "The Epicenter," 3 Dec. 2020 Soon, the six children of Vicenta Flores will struggle to find a mortician to collect her body from the hospital, which is demanding that it be removed as soon as possible. New York Times, "The Epicenter," 3 Dec. 2020 Trained as a mortician, Woosley now works as an end-of-life doula and helps families coordinate vigils and personalized rituals before, during and after death. Kevyn Burger Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "'Walking the last mile': Hospice services help Minnesotans say goodbye," 15 Oct. 2020 Hatcher is a member of the Disaster Mortuary Operation Response Team, which dispatches morticians to mass casualty events to help identify bodies. Jodi Walker,, "The Blacklist recap: Dead men tell no tales," 25 Apr. 2020 The 97-year-old mortician was the first -- and one of the oldest Texans -- to die from the disease caused by coronavirus. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "At least 136 Texans have died from COVID-19. Here’s what we’ve learned about who’s most at risk," 6 Apr. 2020 The overwhelmed health care workers and morticians, and the many citizens who rose to the moment. Dan Barry, New York Times, "The Killer Flu of 1918: A Philadelphia Story," 4 Apr. 2020 While the nation’s attention is on the alarming shortage of masks, sanitizers and other safety gear for doctors, nurses and ambulance crews who care for the living, U.S. morticians are nervously eyeing worst-case death scenarios. ... Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "Funeral Homes, Eying Pandemic, Fear Equipment Shortages, Too," 21 Mar. 2020 When Larry's body was being prepped by a mortician for a viewing, Diane learned more upsetting news: Larry's chest was now visibly sunken and had to be internally padded to fill out his suit., "Death, lies and uranium: How an Ohio man’s mysterious disappearance in 1984 still haunts family, friends," 17 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of mortician

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mortician

Latin mort-, mors death

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“Mortician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mortician

US, formal : a person whose job is to prepare dead people to be buried and to arrange and manage funerals


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