docimasia

noun
doc·​i·​ma·​sia | \ ˌdäs-ə-ˈmā-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce docimasia (audio) \

Medical Definition of docimasia

: determination as to whether a dead infant was stillborn by placing the body in water in which it sinks unless the infant has expanded the lungs in respiration

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“Docimasia.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/docimasia. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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