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postmortem

[pohst-mawr-tuh m] /poʊstˈmɔr təm/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or occurring in the time following death.
2.
of or relating to examination of the body after death.
3.
occurring after the end of something; after the event:
a postmortem criticism of a television show.
noun
4.
Medicine/Medical. a postmortem examination; autopsy.
5.
an evaluation or discussion occurring after the end or fact of something:
to do a postmortem on the decision of a court.
6.
Cards. a discussion of the bidding or playing of a previous hand.
Origin of postmortem
1725-1735
1725-35; < Latin post mortem after death
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  • It seemed to me wed done something worth sittin around an havin a postmortem about.

    "Same old Bill, eh Mable!" Edward Streeter
  • They had ceased to be factors in the equation; they were 'non est' in the postmortem history of John Grier.

    Carnac's Folly, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • The doctor and the wife held a postmortem examination of the hat, and found the slice of Limberger.

    Peck's Sunshine George W. Peck
  • Other authors have failed to demonstrate similar lesions, or have considered them due to postmortem change.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • I think—yes—in that we would have, particularly, postmortem examined the body much more carefully than we did.

    Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • There was extensive hemorrhage into the brain, as shown by postmortem examination, the cerebral vessels being atheromatous.

  • In the end I might leave one gleaming flake or so amidst the slag heaps for a moment of postmortem sympathy.

    The New Machiavelli Herbert George Wells
  • It was a constant source of surprise to his students to note how well the master's diagnosis agreed with postmortem findings.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
  • The postmortem examination did not entirely clear up the doubts of diagnosis.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for postmortem

postmortem

/pəʊstˈmɔːtəm/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) occurring after death
noun
2.
analysis or study of a recently completed event: a postmortem on a game of chess
Word Origin
C18: from Latin, literally: after death
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postmortem in Medicine

postmortem post·mor·tem (pōst-môr'təm)
adj.
Relating to or occurring during the period after death. n.
See autopsy.

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postmortem in Culture
postmortem [(pohst-mawr-tuhm)]

Autopsy; figuratively, any analysis that follows an event: “When the convention is over, we'll have a postmortem to find ways of improving it for next year.” From Latin, meaning “after death.”

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