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What early changes occur to the body, after death

Temperature degradation

Hypostasis

Rigor mortis

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What is hypostasis

the accumulation of fluid or blood in the lower parts of the body or organs under the influence of gravity, when circulation ceases

3

What late changes occur to the body, after some time has passed after death

Decomposition & autolysis

Mummification

Adiocere

Skeletonisation

4

What factors affect the rate of temperature degradation

Initial body temperature
Body dimensions
Outside temperature
Clothing/coverings
Air movement & humidity
Medium surrounding the body
Posture
Haemorrhage

5

What causes rigor mortis

Stiffening & shortening of muscle fibres

Leads to rigidity of musculature & fixation of the joints

6

Decomposition

Whatis putrefication?

Microbiological degeneration

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Decomposition

What is autolysis?

Endogenous proteolytic degeneration

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What is mummification?

'Dry' decomposition

Desiccation of the body with a relative lack of bacterial involvement

9

What is adipocere?

When fatty tissue within the body changes into a greasy/waxy or brittle material which often remains attached to the skeleton

Tends to occur in wet environments

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What is skeletonisation?

When all soft tissues have degraded completely