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or ante-mortem, ante mortem

[an-tee-mawr-tuh m] /ˌæn tiˈmɔr təm/
before death:
an antemortem confession.
Origin of antemortem
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • How much better is ante-mortem charity than post-mortem beneficence.

    Brave Men and Women O.E. Fuller
  • If we are to be stuffed, we prefer to have it an ante-mortem performance, don't we, little dog?

  • A hush came upon them,53 for it was seen that he was intending to make some kind of an ante-mortem statement.

    Whilomville Stories

    Stephen Crane
  • Greyerson says so, at least, and when I didn't believe him he called in Hartt and Bushnell to hold my ante-mortem.

    The Destroying Angel

    Louis Joseph Vance
  • The latter is certainly much nicer to play with, in the ante-mortem state.

  • The dying swan may not sing, but there is no doubt about the ante-mortem Valkyrie song of the whale.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
British Dictionary definitions for ante-mortem


adjective, adverb
(esp in legal or medical contexts) before death
Word Origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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ante-mortem in Medicine

antemortem an·te·mor·tem (ān'tē-môr'təm)
Before death.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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