One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Purplish-red discoloration of the skin of dependent surfaces of a dead body, resulting from blood draining downwards in response to gravity.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Medical Times and Gazette. From scientific Latin livor mortis from classical Latin livor + mortis, genitive of mors death, probably after scientific Latin rigor mortis rigor mortis.
livor mortis/ˌlʌɪvɔː ˈmɔːtɪs/
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