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noun [C]  /poʊstˈmɔr·t̬əm/ us  
a medical examination of a dead body to discover the cause of death, or a discussion of an event after it has happened: The disease can be confirmed only in a post-mortem. a post-mortem on Harkin’s presidential campaign
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