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postmortem livedo

postmortem livedo in Medicine

postmortem livedo n.
A purple coloration of the skin, except in areas of contact pressure, appearing within one half to two hours after death, as a result of gravitational movement of blood within the vessels. Also called postmortem lividity.

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