noun, plural mortuaries.
a customary gift formerly claimed by and due to the incumbent of a parish in England from the estate of a deceased parishioner.
of or pertaining to the burial of the dead.
pertaining to or connected with death.

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

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mortuary (ˈmɔːtʃʊərɪ)
n , pl -aries
1.  Also called: morgue a building where dead bodies are kept before cremation or burial
2.  of or relating to death or burial
[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 & History

early 14c., from Anglo-Fr. mortuarie "gift to a parish priest from a deceased parishioner," from M.L. mortuarium, from neut. of mortuarius "pertaining to the dead," from L. mortuus, pp. of mori "to die" (see mortal). Meaning "place where bodies are kept temporarily" first
recorded 1865, a euphemism for earlier deadhouse.
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Medical Dictionary

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

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Example sentences
The manager must be a licensed mortuary science licensee who resides within one
  hour's drive of the funeral establishment.
Turns out social media, romantic relationships, and mortuary science don't mix.
Reasonably enough, he was taken to a mortuary and placed in a metal box.
Students from a nearby mortuary school, and then ex-convicts looking to earn
  probation points, were brought in to help.
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