Definition of post-mortem noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌpəʊst ˈmɔːtəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌpoʊst ˈmɔːrtəm//
    Death, Solving crime
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  1. 1(also post-mortem 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 post-mortem post-mortem on somebody The post-mortem on the child revealed that she had been poisoned. They’re doing a post-mortem on her today. See related entries: Death, Solving crime
  2. 2post-mortem (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 post-mortem on the party’s election defeat
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent.: from Latin, literally ‘after death’.