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mortician

[mawr-tish-uh n] /mɔrˈtɪʃ ən/
noun
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism; mort(uary) + -ician
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mortician

/mɔːˈtɪʃən/
noun
1.
(mainly US) another word for undertaker
Word Origin
C19: from mortuary + -ician, as in physician
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Word Origin and History for morticians

mortician

n.

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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