postmortem

adjective
post·​mor·​tem | \ ˌpōs(t)-ˈmȯr-təm How to pronounce postmortem (audio) \

Definition of postmortem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

postmortem

noun

Definition of postmortem (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for postmortem

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

  • antemortem
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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.

Examples of postmortem in a Sentence

Adjective postmortem tests on the brain tissue of people who had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease Noun A postmortem showed that the man had been poisoned. Party leaders are conducting a postmortem of the election to try to find out what went wrong.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Another area ripe for new technology is postmortem facial reconstruction, used for identification purposes, which has traditionally been carried out by putting clay on skulls in a process known as forensic art. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2020 Beer and his colleagues analyzed postmortem brain tissue from 56 patients in southeastern Germany’s state of Bavaria between 1999 and 2019. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 8 Jan. 2020 Although treatments for these disorders remain elusive, postmortem brain tissue offers a key resource for unlocking possible solutions. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, 21 Aug. 2019 In addition to studying postmortem tissue, imaging methods like MRIs offer alternative tools for investigating neurological conditions. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, 21 Aug. 2019 Nearby, the researchers also found skulls apparently stuck together with mortar—remnants of one of the towers flanking the tzompantli, where most skulls once exhibited on its posts ended their postmortem journey. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, 21 June 2018 Last year, Jeff Iliff, a neuroscientist at Oregon Health & Science University, and several colleagues examined postmortem tissue from 79 human brains. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, 21 May 2017 Last year, Jeff Iliff, a neuroscientist at Oregon Health & Science University, and several colleagues examined postmortem tissue from 79 human brains. David Kohn, Washington Post, 21 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a postmortem published jointly with the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission, the operator identified the rapid shift to solar and wind power as one of several contributing factors. WSJ, 16 May 2021 Running bits, good advice, and fun guests brought more joy than any Oscars postmortem could. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 28 Apr. 2021 In all the postmortem-George triptychs, Bacon uses looming shadows. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 In more than 90% of cases, opioids were detected in bodies postmortem. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 3 May 2021 It’s known from postmortem toxicology that Leshikar was taking Valium, tramadol, MDMA, and cocaine. Seth Harp, Rolling Stone, 18 Apr. 2021 When postmortem studies are performed, they may be conducted by veterinarians whose notes don’t usually wind up in journal articles, where other scientists can see them. Jessica Leigh Hester, Wired, 17 Apr. 2021 This is compared to the average ratio of 9.05 in postmortem cases and 3.2 in driving under the influence cases. Star Tribune, 15 Apr. 2021 Somewhere deep in the hard drive of this laptop sits an unpublished postmortem of the 2019-20 Alabama basketball season. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of postmortem

Adjective

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for postmortem

Adjective

Latin post mortem after death

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The first known use of postmortem was in 1824

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“Postmortem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/postmortem. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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postmortem

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of postmortem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

medical : happening after death

postmortem

noun

English Language Learners Definition of postmortem (Entry 2 of 2)

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

postmortem

adjective
post·​mor·​tem | \ (ˈ)pōst-ˈmȯrt-əm How to pronounce postmortem (audio) \

Medical Definition of postmortem

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

postmortem

noun

Medical Definition of postmortem (Entry 2 of 3)

post-mortem

adverb
post-mor·​tem

Medical Definition of post-mortem (Entry 3 of 3)

: after death seven cases examined post-mortem

post mortem

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

Legal Definition of post mortem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: done, occurring, or collected after death

post mortem

noun

Legal Definition of post mortem (Entry 2 of 2)

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