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Autopsy

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.

Cross-references

Forensic Science.

autopsy

see POSTMORTEM.
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CHICAGO -- A postmortem analysis of subjects with Alzheimer's disease and diabetes found up to 80% fewer amyloid beta plaques in the brains of those who took both insulin and oral diabetic medication while alive.
Chicago--A postmortem analysis of subjects with both Alzheimer's disease and diabetes found up to 80% fewer amyloid beta plaques in the brains of those who took both insulin and oral diabetic medication while alive.
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CHICAGO -- A postmortem analysis of subjects with both Alzheimer's disease and diabetes found up to 80% fewer amyloid [beta] plaques in the brains of those who took both insulin and oral diabetic medication while alive.
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