in articulo mortis

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Borrowed from Latin in articulo mortis (literally: in the article of death), from in (during; at, preposition governing the ablative) + articulō, ablative singular form of articulus (a joint; figuratively: a point in time, a moment) + mortis, genitive singular of mors (death).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌɪnɑːˌtɪkjʊləʊˈmɔːtɪs/


in articulo mortis (not comparable)

  1. At the moment of death.
    • 1845, Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar’:
      My attention, for the last three years, had been repeatedly drawn to the subject of Mesmerism; and, about nine months ago, it occurred to me, quite suddenly, that in the series of experiments made hitherto, there had been a very remarkable and most unaccountable omission: — no person had as yet been mesmerized in articulo mortis.