1. Occurring or done after death.
2. Of or relating to a medical examination of a dead body.
1. See autopsy.
2. Informal An analysis or review of a finished event.
[Latin post mortem : post, afterward; see POST- + mortem, accusative of mors, death; see mer- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
post mortem adv.
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