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Princeton's WordNet

  1. autopsy, necropsy, postmortem, post-mortem, PM, postmortem examination, post-mortem examinationnoun

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

  2. postmortem, post-mortemnoun

    discussion of an event after it has occurred


  1. post-mortem

    An autopsy (post-mortem examination, obduction, necropsy, or autopsia cadaverum) is a surgical procedure that consists of a thorough examination of a corpse by dissection to determine the cause, mode, and manner of death; or the exam may be performed to evaluate any disease or injury that may be present for research or educational purposes. For animals, the term necropsy is generally reserved. Autopsies are usually performed by a specialized medical doctor called a pathologist. Only a small portion of deaths require an autopsy to be performed, under certain circumstances. In most cases, a medical examiner or coroner can determine the cause of death.


  1. post-mortem

    A post-mortem, also known as an autopsy, is an examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death or the extent of disease. In a business or project context, a post-mortem is a process of reviewing and analyzing a project or event after its completion to identify what was successful, what went wrong, and how to improve in the future.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Post-mortemadjective

    after death; as, post-mortem rigidity

  2. Etymology: [L., after death.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of post-mortem in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of post-mortem in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of post-mortem in a Sentence

  1. Alba Pasini:

    This case study is really important, since it testifies that a medical approach to maternal morbidity actually existed during the Lombard period, despite the rejection of the scientific progress which denoted all the Early Middle Age, also, it shows two rare findings, since post-mortem fetal extrusion is a quite rare phenomenon( especially in archaeological specimens), while only a few examples of trepanation are known for the European Early Middle Age.

  2. Harry Miller:

    If not for him [ Day ] and the staff, my words would not be a reflection, they would be evidence in a post-mortem.

  3. William Osler:

    Few diseases present greater difficulties in the way of diagnosis than malignant endocarditis, difficulties which in many cases are practi- cally insurmountable. It is no disparagement to the many skilled physicians who have put their cases upon record to say that, in fully one-half the diagnosis was made post mortem.

  4. Satish Sharma:

    The body was recovered on April 6 by the side of a highway and according to a post mortem report, the girl was sexually assaulted and murdered on April 5.

  5. Dagmawit Moges:

    Preparation for the identification process has already started and we will make sure that the post mortem investigation will start as soon as possible.

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