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[pohst-mawr-tuh m] /poʊstˈmɔr təm/
of, relating to, or occurring in the time following death.
of or relating to examination of the body after death.
occurring after the end of something; after the event:
a postmortem criticism of a television show.
Medicine/Medical. a postmortem examination; autopsy.
an evaluation or discussion occurring after the end or fact of something:
to do a postmortem on the decision of a court.
Cards. a discussion of the bidding or playing of a previous hand.
Origin of postmortem
First recorded in 1725-35, postmortem is from the Latin word post mortem after death Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It seemed to me wed done something worth sittin around an havin a postmortem about.

    "Same old Bill, eh Mable!" Edward Streeter
  • They had ceased to be factors in the equation; they were 'non est' in the postmortem history of John Grier.

    Carnac's Folly, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • The doctor and the wife held a postmortem examination of the hat, and found the slice of Limberger.

    Peck's Sunshine George W. Peck
  • Other authors have failed to demonstrate similar lesions, or have considered them due to postmortem change.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • There was extensive hemorrhage into the brain, as shown by postmortem examination, the cerebral vessels being atheromatous.

  • In the end I might leave one gleaming flake or so amidst the slag heaps for a moment of postmortem sympathy.

    The New Machiavelli Herbert George Wells
  • I think—yes—in that we would have, particularly, postmortem examined the body much more carefully than we did.

    Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • It was a constant source of surprise to his students to note how well the master's diagnosis agreed with postmortem findings.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
  • The postmortem examination did not entirely clear up the doubts of diagnosis.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for postmortem


(prenominal) occurring after death
analysis or study of a recently completed event: a postmortem on a game of chess
Word Origin
C18: from Latin, literally: after death
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postmortem in Medicine

postmortem post·mor·tem (pōst-môr'təm)
Relating to or occurring during the period after death. n.
See autopsy.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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postmortem in Culture
postmortem [(pohst-mawr-tuhm)]

Autopsy; figuratively, any analysis that follows an event: “When the convention is over, we'll have a postmortem to find ways of improving it for next year.” From Latin, meaning “after death.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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