Postmortem Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

postmortem

adjective
post·​mor·​tem | \ ˌpōs(t)-ˈmȯr-təm How to pronounce postmortem (audio) \

Definition of postmortem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : done, occurring, or collected after death postmortem tissue specimens
2 : following the event

postmortem

noun

Definition of postmortem (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : an analysis or discussion of an event after it is over

Synonyms & Antonyms for postmortem

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

  • antemortem
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Post mortem is Latin for "after death". In English, postmortem refers to an examination, investigation, or process that takes place after death. A postmortem examination of a body (often simply called a postmortem) is often needed to determine the time and cause of death; the stiffening called rigor mortis is one postmortem change that doctors look at to determine when death occurred. Today we've come to use postmortem to refer to any examination or discussion that takes place after an event.

Examples of postmortem in a Sentence

Adjective postmortem tests on the brain tissue of people who had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease Noun A postmortem showed that the man had been poisoned. Party leaders are conducting a postmortem of the election to try to find out what went wrong.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Another area ripe for new technology is postmortem facial reconstruction, used for identification purposes, which has traditionally been carried out by putting clay on skulls in a process known as forensic art. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2020 Beer and his colleagues analyzed postmortem brain tissue from 56 patients in southeastern Germany’s state of Bavaria between 1999 and 2019. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 8 Jan. 2020 Although treatments for these disorders remain elusive, postmortem brain tissue offers a key resource for unlocking possible solutions. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, 21 Aug. 2019 In addition to studying postmortem tissue, imaging methods like MRIs offer alternative tools for investigating neurological conditions. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, 21 Aug. 2019 Nearby, the researchers also found skulls apparently stuck together with mortar—remnants of one of the towers flanking the tzompantli, where most skulls once exhibited on its posts ended their postmortem journey. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, 21 June 2018 Last year, Jeff Iliff, a neuroscientist at Oregon Health & Science University, and several colleagues examined postmortem tissue from 79 human brains. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, 21 May 2017 Last year, Jeff Iliff, a neuroscientist at Oregon Health & Science University, and several colleagues examined postmortem tissue from 79 human brains. David Kohn, Washington Post, 21 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Unlike skin samples, baleen must be collected postmortem. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 8 Dec. 2021 To catch up ahead of the Jan. 21 premiere, when 7 of the 14 episodes drop, check out the first look at season 4 and EW's season 3 postmortem with showrunner Chris Mundy. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, 17 Nov. 2021 More than two years after her husband, Ric Ocasek, died at the age of 75, setting off a postmortem chain of petty and vindictive estate changes, Paulina Porizkova has finally received a monetary settlement. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 27 Oct. 2021 New installments of the six-episode final season will air on Fridays, alongside six companion Q&A postmortem segments. Todd Spangler, Variety, 6 Oct. 2021 Both the medial retropharyngeal lymph nodes and obex would be required for postmortem testing, instead of either. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Sep. 2021 Fawn, who has a soft voice and long red hair, specializes in what’s known as postmortem photography: selections from coroners’ albums, daguerreotypes of lifeless Victorian babies. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 13 July 2021 To catch up ahead of the Jan. 21 premiere, check out the first look at season 4 and EW's season 3 postmortem with showrunner Chris Mundy. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, 19 Oct. 2021 All agreed that a postmortem of the redistricting process was necessary. Vanessa Swales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of postmortem

Adjective

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for postmortem

Adjective

Latin post mortem after death

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The first known use of postmortem was in 1824

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“Postmortem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/postmortem. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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postmortem

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of postmortem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: happening after death

postmortem

noun

English Language Learners Definition of postmortem (Entry 2 of 2)

: an examination of a dead body to find out the cause of death : autopsy
: a discussion or analysis of something (such as an event) after it has ended

postmortem

adjective
post·​mor·​tem | \ (ˈ)pōst-ˈmȯrt-əm How to pronounce postmortem (audio) \

Medical Definition of postmortem

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: done, occurring, or collected after death postmortem tissue specimens

postmortem

noun

Medical Definition of postmortem (Entry 2 of 3)

post-mortem

adverb
post-mor·​tem

Medical Definition of post-mortem (Entry 3 of 3)

: after death seven cases examined post-mortem

post mortem

adjective
post mor·​tem | \ ˌpōst-ˈmȯr-təm \

Legal Definition of post mortem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: done, occurring, or collected after death

post mortem

noun

Legal Definition of post mortem (Entry 2 of 2)

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