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Date: 1700-1800
Language: Latin
Origin: post mortem 'after death'


Related topics: Hospital
post-mor‧tem, post‧mor‧tem [countable]
1 also postmortem examinationMH an examination of a dead body to discover why the person died [= autopsy]
post-mortem on
A post-mortem on the body revealed that the victim had been strangled.
2 especially British English an examination of a plan or event that failed, done to discover why it failed
post-mortem on
a post-mortem on the company's poor results

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