livor mortis

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

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. livingstone daisy,
  2. livingstone, david,
  3. livonia,
  4. livonian,
  5. livor,
  6. livorno,
  7. livraison,
  8. livre,
  9. livy,
  10. livyer

Origin of livor mortis

< Latin livor ‘bluish-purple’ + mortis ‘of death’

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