postmortem

A postmortem is a medical examination of a dead body. It's a kind of autopsy done to learn exactly how the person died.

In Latin, mortem is a form of the word for "death," and post means "after." A postmortem, logically enough, is something that happens after death, usually an examination. Another type of postmortem is a meeting or discussion that follows the completion of a project — this kind does not involve an actual death, but simply the end of something, like an art installation or a business venture.

Definitions of postmortem
  1. adjective
    occurring or done after death
    postmortem changes”
    “a postmortem examination to determine cause of death”
    synonyms: postmortal
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    Antonyms:
    antemortem
    preceding death
  2. adjective
    after death or after an event
    “a postmortem examination to determine the cause of death”
    “the postmortem discussion of the President's TV address”
    Synonyms:
    succeeding
    coming after or following
  3. noun
    an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease
    synonyms: PM, autopsy, necropsy, post-mortem, post-mortem examination, postmortem examination
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    type of:
    examination, scrutiny
    the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
  4. noun
    discussion of an event after it has occurred
    synonyms: post-mortem
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    type of:
    discussion, give-and-take, word
    an exchange of views on some topic
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