livor mortis

noun
li·​vor mor·​tis | \ ˈlī-ˌvȯr-ˈmȯrt-əs, -vər- How to pronounce livor mortis (audio) \

Medical Definition of livor mortis

: hypostasis of the blood following death that causes a purplish red discoloration of the skin

called also dependent lividity, postmortem lividity

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“Livor mortis.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/livor%20mortis. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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