livor mortis

[ lahy-vawr mawr-tis, -ver ]
/ ˈlaɪ vɔr ˈmɔr tɪs, -vər /


Medicine/Medical. a bluish-purple discoloration of the skin on the dependent parts of a dead human body, caused by hypostasis, or accumulation of blood due to the action of gravity.

Origin of livor mortis

< Latin livor ‘bluish-purple’ + mortis ‘of death’ Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019