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The dissection of a dead body by a medical examiner or physician authorized by law to do so in order to determine the cause and time of a death that appears to have resulted from other than natural causes.

This postmortem examination, required by law, is ordered by the local Coroner when a person is suspected to have died by violent or unnatural means. The consent of the decedent's next of kin is not necessary for an authorized autopsy to be held. The medical findings must be presented at an inquest and might be used as evidence in a police investigation and a subsequent criminal prosecution.


Forensic Science.


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Dr Cary told the inquiry: "It has been described as the most dangerous post-mortem examination ever undertaken in the western world and I think that is probably right.
A post-mortem examination yesterday gave the cause of death for the woman as ligature compression of the neck.
Police said they were waiting for more test results from a post-mortem examination that took place on Friday.
The medic's actions were found to be misleading, dishonest and liable to bring his profession into disrepute over parts of his handling of the post-mortem examination of Ian Tomlinson.
He had already botched previous post-mortem examinations dating as far back as 2002 by the time Mr Tomlinson died in 2009.
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Our officers have visited the place and now the body is being shifted to the Goa Medical College for post-mortem examination.
A post-mortem examination has taken place but further tests are needed to establish the cause of death.
Ms Stevens' lawyers said: "Had she been advised as to what the post-mortem examination of Nicola would or might entail, and that tissue samples and organs would or might be removed and retained, she would not have given permission for any such examination.
The man was removed from the bottom of the flight of stairs and taken to a mortuary for a post-mortem examination.
THE results of a post-mortem examination on the body of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky were expected late yesterday, police said.
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