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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    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”
    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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