Definitions for postmortempoʊstˈmɔr təm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

post•mor•tempoʊstˈmɔr təm(adj.)

  1. of, pertaining to, or occurring in the time following death.

  2. of or pertaining to examination of the body after death.

    Category: Medicine

  3. occurring after the end of something; after the event.

  4. (n.)a postmortem examination; autopsy.

    Category: Medicine

  5. a discussion or evaluation after the end or fact of something, esp. a card game.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Games

Origin of postmortem:

1725–35; < L post mortem after death

Princeton's WordNet

  1. postmortem, post-mortem(noun)

    discussion of an event after it has occurred

  2. autopsy, necropsy, postmortem, post-mortem, PM, postmortem examination, post-mortem examination(adj)

    an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease

  3. postmortem, postmortal(adj)

    occurring or done after death

    "postmortem changes"; "a postmortem examination to determine cause of death"; "postmortal wounds"

  4. postmortem(adj)

    after death or after an event

    "a postmortem examination to determine the cause of death"; "the postmortem discussion of the President's TV address"


  1. Postmortem

    Postmortem is a crime fiction novel by author Patricia Cornwell. The first book of the Dr. Kay Scarpetta series, it received the 1991 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

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a medical examination of a dead body in order to find out the cause of death.

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