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adjective & adverb
Before death.[as adjective] ‘the antemortem instructions of the dead leader’[as adverb] ‘abnormalities of the sinus are difficult to demonstrate antemortem’
- ‘The lack of technology for ante-mortem detection of the bovine disease was a complex issue as the disorder did not trigger antigen response and went unnoticed in screening tests.’
- ‘‘It has become an integral part of the ante-mortem process at factories and pre-export clearance for live exports,’ he added.’
- ‘So I think that it is not evidence of an ante-mortem kind of ligature.’
- ‘The forensic odontologists compare the dental remains that we recover with the ante-mortem dental records in order to make a positive dental identification.’
- ‘It does mean that whatever arrangements I make for post-mortem effects must be made ante-mortem.’
Late 19th century: Latin, literally before death.
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