dissection and examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death Also called autopsy, necropsy
postmortem examination n.
- 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.
- Postmortem wart
postmortem wart n. A tuberculous warty growth that can occur on the hand of an individual who performs postmortem examinations. Also called anatomical wart, dissection tubercle, necrogenic wart, verruca necrogenica.
[pohst-ney-zuh l] /ˈpoʊstˈneɪ zəl/ adjective 1. located or occurring behind the nose or in the nasopharynx, as a flow of mucus; nasopharyngeal: a postnasal infection. postnasal post·na·sal (pōst-nā’zəl) adj.