A mortuary is a room or area, often in a hospital, where dead bodies are kept. You can also use the word mortuary to talk about a funeral home.

When a person dies in a hospital, his body is usually moved to a mortuary before an autopsy takes place. A mortuary is also where a body is kept until it's buried or cremated. Another word for a mortuary is a morgue, which is more commonly used in the United States. In the 1500's, mortuary was used as an adjective meaning "pertaining to death," from the Latin root word mortuus, or "dead."

Definitions of mortuary
  1. noun
    a building (or room) where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation
    synonyms: dead room, morgue
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    crematorium, crematory
    a mortuary where corpses are cremated
    funeral chapel, funeral church, funeral home, funeral parlor, funeral parlour, funeral-residence
    a mortuary where those who knew the deceased can come to pay their last respects
    type of:
    building, edifice
    a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
  2. adjective
    of or relating to or characteristic of death
  3. adjective
    of or relating to a funeral
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