an inspection and dissection of a body after death, usually to determine the cause of death. Also called necropsy, post-mortem examination.
an obsession with death or the dead. —necromaniac, n.
the practice of feeding on carrion. —necrophage, n. —necrophagous, adj.
an abnormal attraction, especially erotic, to corpses. —necrophile, necrophiliac, n.
necrophobia1. an abnormal fear of death. Also called thanatophobia.
2. an abnormal fear of corpses. —necrophobe, n. —necrophobic, adj.
necrotomy1. the dissection of corpses.
2. the surgical excision of a piece of dead bone. —necrotomist, n. —necrotomic, adj.
the exhuming and stealing of bodies from graves, especially for dissection; body snatching. —resurrection man, n.
necrophobia, def. 1.
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For a moment the wind blew the flames aside, leaving the corpses untouched.
The Poles avoided an encounter in the open field, but harried the Germans so successfully around Breslau that the plain was covered with corpses, which Henry had to leave to the dogs on his disastrous retreat; hence the scene of the action was known as "the field of dogs."
We learn that women were buried, while the corpses of men were suspended on trees.
Dark corpses littered the small clearing.
She gazed around, realizing that she and the two members of her guard occupied a cage filled with the bloated corpses of a half dozen other men, what was left of her guard.