- 1 (also post-mortem examination) An examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death: the hospital will want to carry out a post-mortemMore example sentences
- He insisted that following his death his post-mortem should be performed in front of his own medical staff and published in the local weekly journal.
- People can object, but if the coroner considers that any delay may limit the ability to determine the cause of death, then the post-mortem will go ahead.
- The post-mortem revealed that death was due to powerful electric shock, not because of burns.
- 1.1An analysis or discussion of an event held soon after it has occurred, especially in order to determine why it was a failure: an election post-mortem on why the party lostMore example sentences
- And with everyone back safely from the first run of the event, the post-mortems continue.
- His performance quickly became the subject of ridicule in media post-mortems of the event.
- The party will hold its post-mortem on the election and the loss of support in its traditional heartlands.
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- 1Relating to a post-mortem: a post-mortem reportMore example sentences
- The minister said the first report would deal with post-mortem issues in paediatric hospitals.
- A post-mortem report records that she died from pulmonary barotrauma, which causes air bubbles to circulate in the arterial system.
- A post-mortem study of the animals showed a robust growth of neurons and an increase in neurotransmitters in the spinal cords of rats that received the transplanted neuronal cells.
- 1.1Happening after death: post-mortem changes in his body [as adverb]: assessment of morphology in nerves taken post-mortemMore example sentences
- A third controversy concerns attempts to show that even if the dead cannot be harmed, the harm thesis is correct, since death, and some post-mortem events, harm the living.
- On the other hand it is often difficult to tell whether the chemical and structural changes observed during the various types of cell death are pre- or post-mortem events.
- Second, the tissues that have been through programmed senescence and death, instead of disappearing through post-mortem decay, persist as mummified corpses - namely as wood.
mid 18th century: from Latin, literally 'after death'.