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also postmortem, 1734 (adverb), from Latin post mortem, from post "after" (see post-) + mortem, accusative of mors "death" (see mortal (adj.)). From 1835 as an adjective. As a noun, shortening of post-mortem examination, it is recorded from 1850.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • No pregnancy existed, as was revealed by a post-mortem examination.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • Colomba besought the colonel to be present at the post-mortem examination.

    Columba Prosper Merimee
  • It would have been deferred for a few days pending the post-mortem examination.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • There was an inquest and a post-mortem, but "death from natural causes" was the verdict.

    The Crack of Doom Robert Cromie
  • Of course, to be 21 sure of that, one must make a post-mortem examination.

    Panther Eye Roy J. Snell
  • One new fact was established by the post-mortem examination of the victims.

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