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postmortem examination

dissection and examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death Also called autopsy, necropsy
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  • The doctor and the wife held a postmortem examination of the hat, and found the slice of Limberger.

    Peck's Sunshine George W. Peck
  • There was extensive hemorrhage into the brain, as shown by postmortem examination, the cerebral vessels being atheromatous.

  • The postmortem examination did not entirely clear up the doubts of diagnosis.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
  • postmortem examination always shows that the Treponema has wrought wide-spread damage in the brain.

    Being Well-Born Michael F. Guyer
postmortem examination in Medicine

postmortem examination n.
See autopsy.

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