post mortem

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From Latin post (afterwards) + mortem, from mors (death).

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post mortem (not comparable)

  1. Having been inflicted or having occurred after death.
    We shouldn't let these post mortem injuries distract us while looking for the cause of death.
    The post mortem timeline is incomplete.

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post mortem (not comparable)

  1. Occurring after death.
    The injuries were found to have been caused post mortem.

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post mortem (plural post mortems)

  1. An investigation of a corpse to determine the cause of death.
    Synonyms: autopsy, PM
  2. (figuratively, management) Any investigation after the conclusion of an activity, particularly when said activity produces an unwanted outcome.
    Synonyms: debriefing, AAR
    • 2014 September 3, Thomas A. Limoncelli; Strata R. Chalup; Christina J. Hogan, The Practice of Cloud System Administration (Designing and Operating Large Distributed Systems; 2)‎[1], Addison-Wesley, page 300:
      Each user-visible outage or SLA violation should be followed by a postmortem and conclude with implementation of the recommendations in the postmortem report.
    • 2019 October, Ian Walmsley, “Cleaning up”, in Modern Railways, page 44:
      After a serious delay there is often a post mortem on what happened, but this is usually in-house.
  3. (Britain, college slang, obsolete) At Cambridge, a second examination for those who were "plucked" or failed in the first.

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  • (second examination): 1873, John Camden Hotten, The Slang Dictionary

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Latin

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post mortem (invariable)

  1. post mortem