from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Preceding death.

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  • adj. before death

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. preceding death


Latin ante, before; see ante- + mortem, accusative of mors, mort-, death; see mortal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ante mortem, "before death." (Wiktionary)


  • Shall I clarify the terms antemortem, perimortem, and postmortem?

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  • The odontologist compares recovered dentition to X-rays, handwritten charts, and treatment notes in antemortem records.

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  • Had Danny and I made too great a leap when comparing the antemortem and postmortem dental X-rays?

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  • Though truncated on the postmortem film, the glob that remained in the molar was nearly identical to the top half of the glob on the antemortem film.

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  • We all looked from antemortem to postmortem and back, and back again, comparing details of bony architecture and microstructure.

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  • This antemortem inspection is the only test required by the USDA before cattle are sent to slaughter.

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  • "If you have antemortem blood that revealed protein-induced vitamin K deficiency, " she replies.


  • I'm not suggesting that that means that it is an antemortem cut.

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  • It tells you whether the bone was cut postmortem or antemortem.


  • The only other thing that he thought was worth mentioning was that the bruise on Aliso's cheek was antemortem by four or five hours.

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