zoothapsis

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Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek

Noun[edit]

zoothapsis (plural not attested)

  1. (archaic, nonce word) premature burial
    • 1880, College and Clinical Record (volume 1, page 60)
      In Great Britain, where the custom is to keep the body above ground so long, that evidences of putrid decomposition usually present themselves before interment, but little danger can exist; and consequently, the subject of zoothapsis has scarcely received due attention from the medico-legal writers of that country.