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.
    • 2022 April 20, Ross Buchanan, “Why You Sometimes Feel Sick or Vomit After Smoking Weed”, in Vice[2]:
      Grinspoon finishes with some sage advice on the best way to avoid greening out: "Keep the doses low and know yourself. If it happens to you, try to do a postmortem on what happened, like: 'Was there alcohol involved? Was there nicotine involved?' Was I overtired? Did I take five puffs when I usually take two puffs?'"
  3. (Britain, university 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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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from Latin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɔst ˈmɔr.tem/
  • Rhymes: -ɔrtem
  • Hyphenation: pòst‧mòr‧tem

Adjective[edit]

post mortem (invariable)

  1. post mortem
    Synonym: postumo

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post mortem

  1. post mortem
    Synonym: postumamente

Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from Latin post mortem.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pɔst ˈmɔr.tɛm/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔrtɛm

Adverb[edit]

post mortem (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic, literary) posthumously, post mortem
    Synonym: pośmiertnie

Further reading[edit]

  • post mortem in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • post mortem in Polish dictionaries at PWN