1890–95, Americanism; mort(uary) + -ician Unabridged
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mortician (mɔːˈtɪʃən)
chiefly (US) another word for undertaker
[C19: from mortuary + -ician, as in physician]

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Word Origin & History

1895, Amer.Eng., coined from mort(uary) + -ician, as in physician.
"The word 'mortician' is a recent innovation due to a need felt by undertakers for a word more in keeping with, and descriptive of, their calling." ["Literary Digest," Jan. 16, 1915]
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Example sentences
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.
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