Post Mortem

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Post Mortem

[Latin, After death.] Pertaining to matters occurring after death. A term generally applied to an autopsy or examination of a corpse in order to ascertain the cause of death or to the inquisition for that purpose by the Coroner .

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

post mortem

n. Latin for "after death," an examination of a dead body to determine cause of death, generally called an autopsy. (See: coroner)

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POST MORTEM. After death; as, an examination post mortem, is an examination made of a dead body to ascertain the cause of death; an inquisition post mortem, is one made by the coroner.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The child's parents insisted on a post mortem, claiming that the doctors who treated their baby had tried cover up the "actual cause of death."
The post mortem was being carried out at the Famagusta hospital because the morgue there was not used often, which meant there was a lesser risk of contagion than if the procedure was done in Nicosia, health officials who suspected meningitis said.
Gerry Warner had attended post mortems during his career as a policeman and had told his family that he did not want to undergo one after his death.
Multiple post mortems on victims of crime will no longer be standard under new protocols rubber-stamped by legal chiefs.
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Meanwhile, Marios Matsakis, a former state pathologist has been engaged on behalf of the couple's relatives but has not yet been able to examine the crime scene, he told Phileleftheros, which he reportedly said was just as important as attending a post mortem in terms of evidence gathering and reaching conclusions.
"The death is currently being treated as unexplained and a post mortem is due to take place early next week.
A POST mortem was today being carried out on a three-month-old boy.
LAWYERS and experts were meeting in Perugia, Italy, today to discuss whether they need to carry out a second post mortem examination on the body of murdered British exchange student Meredith Kercher.
THE pathologist who carried out the controversial post mortem on Jean Charles de Menezes faces being struck off.
The post mortem will take place at Inverness's Raigmore Hospital.