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postmortem

[pohst-mawr-tuh m]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or occurring in the time following death.
  2. of or relating to examination of the body after death.
  3. occurring after the end of something; after the event: a postmortem criticism of a television show.
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noun
  1. Medicine/Medical. a postmortem examination; autopsy.
  2. an evaluation or discussion occurring after the end or fact of something: to do a postmortem on the decision of a court.
  3. Cards. a discussion of the bidding or playing of a previous hand.
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Origin of postmortem

First recorded in 1725–35, postmortem is from the Latin word post mortem after death
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Related Words

posthumousdissectionautopsyfuturepostexaminationnecropsylaterpost-obit

Examples from the Web for postmortem

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  • It seemed to me wed done something worth sittin around an havin a postmortem about.

  • They had ceased to be factors in the equation; they were 'non est' in the postmortem history of John Grier.

  • The doctor and the wife held a postmortem examination of the hat, and found the slice of Limberger.

    Peck's Sunshine

    George W. Peck

  • Other authors have failed to demonstrate similar lesions, or have considered them due to postmortem change.

    Scurvy Past and Present

    Alfred Fabian Hess

  • There was extensive hemorrhage into the brain, as shown by postmortem examination, the cerebral vessels being atheromatous.


British Dictionary definitions for postmortem

postmortem

adjective
  1. (prenominal) occurring after death
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noun
  1. analysis or study of a recently completed eventa postmortem on a game of chess
  2. See postmortem examination
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin, literally: after death
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

postmortem in Medicine

postmortem

(pōst-môrtəm)
adj.
  1. Relating to or occurring during the period after death.
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n.
  1. autopsy
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postmortem in Culture

postmortem

[(pohst-mawr-tuhm)]

Autopsy; figuratively, any analysis that follows an event: “When the convention is over, we'll have a postmortem to find ways of improving it for next year.” From Latin, meaning “after death.”

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