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postmortem

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adjective post·mor·tem \ ˌpōs(t)-ˈmȯr-təm \

Definition of postmortem

1 :done, occurring, or collected after death
  • postmortem tissue specimens
2 :following the event

Examples of postmortem in a Sentence

  1. postmortem tests on the brain tissue of people who had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease

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Post mortem is Latin for "after death". In English, postmortem refers to an examination, investigation, or process that takes place after death. A postmortem examination of a body (often simply called a postmortem) is often needed to determine the time and cause of death; the stiffening called rigor mortis is one postmortem change that doctors look at to determine when death occurred. Today we've come to use postmortem to refer to any examination or discussion that takes place after an event.

Origin and Etymology of postmortem

Latin post mortem after death

postmortem Synonyms

Synonyms
posthumous
Antonyms
antemortem
Related Words
belated, delayed, late

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postmortem

noun

Definition of postmortem

1 :autopsy 1
2 :an analysis or discussion of an event after it is over

Examples of postmortem in a Sentence

  1. A postmortem showed that the man had been poisoned.

  2. Party leaders are conducting a postmortem of the election to try to find out what went wrong.

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First Known Use of postmortem

1838

postmortem Synonyms

Synonyms
necropsy, autopsy, postmortem examination
Related Words
dissection
Near Antonyms
biopsy, vivisection

POSTMORTEM Defined for English Language Learners

postmortem

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adjective

Definition of postmortem for English Language Learners

  • medical : happening after death


postmortem

noun

Definition of postmortem for English Language Learners

  • medical : an examination of a dead body to find out the cause of death

  • : a discussion or analysis of something (such as an event) after it has ended


Medical Dictionary

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postmortem

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adjective post·mor·tem \ (ˈ)pōst-ˈmȯrt-əm \

medical Definition of postmortem

:done, occurring, or collected after death
  • postmortem tissue specimens

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postmortem

noun

medical Definition of postmortem


post-mortem

adverb post-mor·tem

medical Definition of post-mortem

:after death
  • seven cases examined post-mortem

Law Dictionary

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post mortem

adjective post mor·tem \ ˌpōst-ˈmȯr-təm \

legal Definition of post mortem

:done, occurring, or collected after death

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post mortem

noun

legal Definition of post mortem


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