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

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In her third book, Los Angeles mortician Doughty answers questions about death from young people who don’t hold back. Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times, "This week’s book talks dive into religion, death and politics," 6 Sep. 2019 Sands said morticians in Abaco have been embalming remains because crews have run out of coolers. Char Adams,, "Hurricane Dorian Death Toll Climbs to 30 — and 'Thousands' Are Still Missing in the Bahamas," 6 Sep. 2019 Salgado’s gaze had always been fixed on the ceiling — his emaciated body statue-like, his two legs wrapped together in a soft splint, and his arms folded across his chest as though a mortician had posed him. Los Angeles Times, "For months, he lingered in a purgatory between wakefulness and nothingness," 22 Aug. 2019 In the cold tank, during Fowles’s microbiology trimester, the two had a long talk about communicable diseases and whether a mortician might catch one from a corpse. Joan Niesen,, "How Sylvia Fowles Balances Being a Lynx Star and a Second Life Dealing With Death," 8 Aug. 2019 The study showed that morticians laugh more than persons under 20. Scott Harrison, Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: 1949 UCLA humor study," 7 Aug. 2019 Funeral directors and morticians are one group accustomed to handling sensitive material: human remains. Anna Lauren Hoffmann, Quartz, "The language we use to describe data can also help us fix its problems," 18 June 2019 Tommy plays a mortician enamored with the 1950s and old Hollywood, which Tommy is, too. Samantha Incorvaia, azcentral, "'Oh hi, Mark': Why 'The Room' star Greg Sestero says he's an 'Arizona guy'," 16 June 2019 The one survivor is Tilda Swinton as a Scottish samurai and mortician with the only funny routine, turning corpses into glam-rock mannequins. Armond White, National Review, "The Dead Don’t Die: Climate-Change Comedy for the Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez Era," 14 June 2019

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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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The first known use of mortician was in 1895

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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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