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Definition of postmortem noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(also postmortem examination) a medical examination of the body of a dead person in order to find out how they died synonym autopsy to do/conduct/carry out a postmortem postmortem on somebody The postmortem on the child revealed that she had been poisoned.
  2. 2postmortem (on something) a discussion or an examination of an event after it has happened, especially in order to find out why it failed to hold a postmortem on the candidate's election defeat