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[mawr-tish-uh n] /mɔrˈtɪʃ ən/
Origin of mortician
1890-95, Americanism; mort(uary) + -ician Unabridged
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  • He approached his harpsichord with the air of a mortician, slightly flexing his long, delicate hands.
  • The mortician will advise on the deposit required for preparation and shipment.
British Dictionary definitions for mortician


(mainly US) another word for undertaker
Word Origin
C19: from mortuary + -ician, as in physician
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Word Origin and History for mortician

1895, American English, coined from mortuary + -ician, as in physician.

An undertaker will no longer be known as an "undertaker and embalmer." In the future he will be known as the "mortician." This was decided on at the second day's meeting of the Funeral Directors' Association of Kentucky, which was held in Louisville. ["The Medical Herald," July 1895]

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