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postmortem

[ pohst-mawr-tuhm ]
/ poʊstˈmɔr təm /
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adjective
of, relating to, or occurring in the time following death.
of or relating to examination of the body after death.
occurring after the end of something; after the event: a postmortem criticism of a television show.
adverb
after death: Pacemakers have to be removed postmortem from bodies that are going to be cremated.
noun
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Origin of postmortem

First recorded in 1725–35, postmortem is from Latin post mortem “after death”
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British Dictionary definitions for postmortem

postmortem
/ (pəʊstˈmɔːtəm) /

adjective
(prenominal) occurring after death
noun
analysis or study of a recently completed eventa postmortem on a game of chess

Word Origin for postmortem

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

Cultural definitions for postmortem

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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