[mawr-tl] /ˈmɔr tl/
subject to death; having a transitory life:
all mortal creatures.
of or relating to human beings as subject to death; human:
this mortal life.
belonging to this world.
deadly or implacable; relentless:
a mortal enemy.
severe, dire, grievous, or bitter:
in mortal fear.
causing or liable to cause death; fatal:
a mortal wound.
to the death:
of or relating to death:
the mortal hour.
involving spiritual death (opposed to ):
long and wearisome.
extreme; very great:
in a mortal hurry.
of no mortal value to the owners.
a human being.
the condition of being subject to death.
(of living beings, esp human beings) subject to death
of or involving life or the world
ending in or causing death; fatal: a mortal blow
deadly or unrelenting: a mortal enemy
of or like the fear of death; dire: mortal terror
great or very intense: mortal pain
possible: there was no mortal reason to go
(slang) long and tedious: for three mortal hours
a mortal being
(informal) a person: a mean mortal
mid-14c., “deadly,” also “doomed to die,” from Old French mortel “destined to die; deserving of death,” from Latin mortalis “subject to death, mortal, of a mortal, human,” from mors (genitive mortis) “death,” from PIE base *mer- “to die,” with derivatives referring to death and human beings” (cf. Sanskrit mrtih “death,” martah “mortal man;” Avestan miryeite “dies,” Old Persian martiya- “man;” Armenian meranim “die;” Latin mori “to die;” Lithuanian mirtis “mortal man;” Greek brotos “mortal” (hence ambrotos “immortal”); Old Church Slavonic mrutvu “dead;” Old Irish marb, Welsh marw “died;” Old English morþ “murder”). The most widespread Indo-European root for “to die,” forming the common word for it except in Greek and Germanic. Watkins says it is “possibly” the same as PIE *mer- “rub, pound, wear away” (see morbid).
“mortal thing or substance,” 1520s, from mortal (adj.). Latin mortalis also was used as a noun, “a man, mortal, human being.”
mortal mor·tal (môr’tl)
adj. 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.