body snatching


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The illegal removal of a dead body from a grave or vault, usually for profit. The practice was common in the 19th century due to demand for cadavers for medical students studying human anatomy

body snatching

Robbing a grave of its body, which was done in the past to obtain bodies for anatomical study in medical schools.
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He and three other men were caught disturbing at least eight graves, and Baker was indicted on one felony and two misdemeanor counts of body snatching.
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Comment OF THE DAY JOAN McAlpine's article on Keir Hardie was a dreadful piece of body snatching.
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