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mortuary

[mawr-choo-er-ee] /ˈmɔr tʃuˌɛr i/
noun, plural mortuaries.
2.
a customary gift formerly claimed by and due to the incumbent of a parish in England from the estate of a deceased parishioner.
adjective
3.
of or relating to the burial of the dead.
4.
pertaining to or connected with death.
Origin of mortuary
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English mortuarie < Medieval Latin mortuārium, noun use of neuter of Latin mortuārius of the dead, equivalent to mortu(us) dead + -ārius -ary
Related forms
premortuary, adjective
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  • He had imagined it would be an easy matter to have the General transferred to the cemetery and the mortuary chapel demolished.

    The Enemies of Women Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • I've got to go to the trunk-room for her at this hour, and it next door to the mortuary!

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • We hear nothing in the trials of abstinence from pork, or the removal of fat from meat, or the mortuary laying-out of the dead.

  • A reference to the mortuary tables removes all doubt on this point.

    Old Mackinaw W. P. Strickland.
  • It appears from the mortuary records of the prison that 13,000 men were registered and buried during the year of its occupation.

    Martyria Augustus C. Hamlin
British Dictionary definitions for mortuary

mortuary

/ˈmɔːtʃʊərɪ/
noun (pl) -aries
1.
Also called morgue. a building where dead bodies are kept before cremation or burial
adjective
2.
of or relating to death or burial
Word Origin
C14 (as n, a funeral gift to a parish priest): via Medieval Latin mortuārium (n) from Latin mortuārius of the dead
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Word Origin and History for mortuary
n.

early 14c., from Anglo-French mortuarie "gift to a parish priest from a deceased parishioner," from Medieval Latin mortuarium, noun use of neuter of Late Latin adjective mortuarius "pertaining to the dead," from Latin mortuus, past participle of mori "to die" (see mortal (adj.)). Meaning "place where bodies are kept temporarily" first recorded 1865, a euphemism for earlier deadhouse.

adj.

1510s, "pertaining to death," from Late Latin mortuarius "of the dead," from Latin mortuus "dead" (see mortuary (n.)).

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mortuary in Medicine

mortuary mor·tu·ar·y (môr'chōō-ěr'ē)
n.
A place, especially a funeral home, where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation.

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