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[pohst-mawr-tuh m] /poʊstˈmɔr təm/
of, relating to, or occurring in the time following death.
of or relating to examination of the body after death.
occurring after the end of something; after the event:
a postmortem criticism of a television show.
Medicine/Medical. a postmortem examination; autopsy.
an evaluation or discussion occurring after the end or fact of something:
to do a postmortem on the decision of a court.
Cards. a discussion of the bidding or playing of a previous hand.
Origin of postmortem
1725-35; < Latin post mortem after death Unabridged
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  • Do not do a postmortem on the past interview or job search.
  • They plan on looking at postmortem brain tissue from mothers of boys.
  • Unfortunately, these markers can only be viewed during postmortem investigations.
  • Still, the postmortem on wild pigeons not surprisingly has focused not on their biological weak points but rather on us.
  • In either case, the postmortem activity was edited out and was never seen by audiences.
British Dictionary definitions for postmortem


(prenominal) occurring after death
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)
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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