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body snatching

noun
  1. the act or practice of robbing a grave to obtain a cadaver for dissection.
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Origin of body snatching

First recorded in 1825–35
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Historical Examples of body snatching

  • One of the editions was issued with the title of Body-snatching.

    The Diary of a Resurrectionist, 1811-1812

    James Blake Bailey

  • The point is, I'm going to do the body-snatching instead of you.

  • This was a real or an imaginary case of the body-snatching of which Herodotus speaks frequently.

  • Stealing from that sort of grave seems to make the modern methods of body-snatching quite insignificant.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts

    Helen Hunt Jackson

  • In former times "body-snatching," or digging up bodies for dissections, was much, more heard of than at present.