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
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adj occurring or done after death

postmortem changes”
“a postmortem examination to determine cause of death”
Synonyms:
postmortal
Antonyms:
antemortem
preceding death

adj 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

n 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
Type of:
examination, scrutiny
the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)

n discussion of an event after it has occurred

Synonyms:
post-mortem
Type of:
discussion, give-and-take, word
an exchange of views on some topic

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