mortician

[ mawr-tish-uh n ]
/ mɔrˈtɪʃ ən /

noun

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Origin of mortician

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; mort(uary) + -ician
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British Dictionary definitions for mortician

mortician

/ (mɔːˈtɪʃən) /

noun

mainly US another word for undertaker

Word Origin for mortician

C19: from mortuary + -ician, as in physician
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Word Origin and History for mortician

mortician


n.

1895, American English, coined from mortuary + -ician, as in physician.

An undertaker will no longer be known as an "undertaker and embalmer." In the future he will be known as the "mortician." This was decided on at the second day's meeting of the Funeral Directors' Association of Kentucky, which was held in Louisville. ["The Medical Herald," July 1895]
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