postmortem lividity


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post·mor·tem li·ve·do

a purple coloration of dependent parts, except in areas of contact pressure, appearing within 30 minutes to 2 hours after death, as a result of gravitational movement of blood within the vessels.

postmortem lividity

the black and blue discoloration of the skin of a cadaver, resulting from an accumulation of deoxygenated blood in subcutaneous vessels.

post·mor·tem li·ve·do

, postmortem lividity (pōst-mōr'tĕm li-vē'dō, li-vid'i-tē)
A purple coloration of dependent parts, except in areas of contact pressure, appearing within 1/2-2 hours after death, as a result of gravitational movement of blood within the vessels.

postmortem lividity

A dark blue staining of the dependent surface of a cadaver, due to the pooling and congestion of blood.
See: livor mortis.
See also: lividity