or an·te-mor·tem, an·te mor·tem
[ an-tee-mawr-tuhm ]
/ ˌæn tiˈmɔr təm /
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before death: She made an antemortem confession.In commercial sheep flocks, diagnosis of endometritis is seldom made antemortem, and treatment is generally impractical.
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Origin of antemortem
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1880–85
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How to use antemortem in a sentence
If we are to be stuffed, we prefer to have it an ante-mortem performance, don't we, little dog?The Master-Knot of Human Fate|Ellis Meredith
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
The left cavities may be contracted and empty, or they may contain dark, soft clots or white ante-mortem clots.
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
I then performed a few ante-mortem details, such as writing good-byes to friends.Confessions of a Neurasthenic|William Taylor Marrs
British Dictionary definitions for antemortem
(esp in legal or medical contexts) before death
Word Origin for ante-mortem
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