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Related to algor mortis: mechanism of death
algor mortis(ăl′gər môr′tĭs)
The cooling of the body that follows death.
the reduction in body temperature and accompanying loss of skin elasticity that occur after death. Also called death chill.
algor mortisThe cooling of a body after death. Algor mortis theoretically occurs at a rate of 1ºC/hour, assuming the decedent is an adult of normal weight and the ambient temperature is circa 20ºC. The rate of cooling is increased if the decedent is thin or malnourished, and if the environmental temperature is low and/or if it is windy. The rate is slower in the obese, in those who were febrile at the time of death or if the ambient temperature is high.
algor mortisThe cooling of a body after death. Cf Rigor mortis.
chill or rigor; coldness.
the cooling of the body after death, which proceeds at a definite rate, influenced by the environmental temperature and protection of the body.