also postmortem, 1734 (adverb), from Latin post mortem, from post “after” (see post-) + mortem, accusative of mors “death” (see mortal (adj.)). From 1835 as an adjective. As a noun, shortening of post-mortem examination, it is recorded from 1850.
- Postmortem delivery
postmortem delivery n. The extraction of a fetus after its mother has died.
- Postmortem examination
noun 1. dissection and examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death Also called autopsy, necropsy postmortem examination n. See autopsy.
- Postmortem livedo
postmortem livedo n. A purple coloration of the skin, except in areas of contact pressure, appearing within one half to two hours after death, as a result of gravitational movement of blood within the vessels. Also called postmortem lividity.
- Postmortem rigidity
postmortem rigidity n. See rigor mortis.