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pugilistic stancePugilistic attitude Forensic medicine A 'defensive' position fancifully likened to that adopted by pugilists-boxers found in severely burned bodies, characterized by flexion of elbows, knees, hip, and neck, and clenching of hand into a fist; it is caused by high-temperatures in fire, resulting in muscle stiffening and shortening; it occurs even if the person was dead before the fire
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