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Creden told officials that rigor mortis would take approximately three hours to set in on an animal of that size, thereby giving a possible window for when the fire could have begun.
Running a needle threaded with wire down the fish’s spine, Yokota disables the central nervous system, which delays rigor mortis.
The story, Palmer writes, goes that rigor mortis had already set in, so the woman’s body couldn’t be stretched out for burial.
The anti-Trump media’s narrative — neo-Nazis and Klansmen monopolized the mayhem — set in more quickly than rigor mortis, despite contrary reports from news outlets that are anything but pro-Trump.
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Rigor mortis, which translates from Latin as "stiffness of death", sets in quickly and usually ends three or four days after death. The condition results from a lack of certain chemicals in the muscles; it may be affected by muscular activity before death as well as the external temperature. Mystery writers frequently make use of rigor mortis as a means by which the detective or the examiner can determine the time of the victim's death, which often turns out to be all-important in solving the case.
Origin and Etymology of rigor mortis
First Known Use: 1847See Words from the same year
RIGOR MORTIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rigor mortis for English Language Learners
: a temporary stiffness of the body that happens soon after death
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