postmortems

postmortem

[pohst-mawr-tuhm]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or occurring in the time following death.
2.
of or pertaining 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:
1725–35; < Latin post mortem after death

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postmortem (pəʊstˈmɔːtəm)
 
adj
1.  (prenominal) occurring after death
 
n
2.  analysis or study of a recently completed event: a postmortem on a game of chess
3.  See postmortem examination
 
[C18: from Latin, literally: after death]

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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 [(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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