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Autolysis

The spontaneous breakdown of cells as they self digest

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Cause of Death

The immediate reason for a persons death such as heart attack

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Death

The cessation or end of life

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Decomposition

The process of rotting and breaking down

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Forensic entomology

The study of insects as they pertain to legal issues

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Larva

Immature form of an animal that undergoes metamorphous

Example maggot

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Algor Mortis

The cooling of the body after death

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Livor Mortis

The pooling of the blood in tissues after death

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Manner of death

One of four means by which someone dies

Example: suicide

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Mechanism of death

The specific body failure that leads to death

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Rigor Mortis

The stiffening of the skeletal muscles after death

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Autopsy

A postmortem examination of the body

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Postmortem Interval (PMI)

The interval of time between death occurs

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Metamorphosis

The changes an organism undergoes as it develops into an adult

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Stages of Decomposition

What are 3 stages of Decomposition? DSG

For each stage how many days goes by?

Discoloration 2 days
Swelling/ bloating 4 days
Gooey 6 days

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If the answer in algor Mortis is less then 9.36 you ----

Divide by .78

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If the number in algor Mortis is more than 9.36 then you-----

subtract 9.36, then divide by .39 and then add 12 to your final answer

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What are the 4 steps you have to follow when doing an autopsy?

External Examination, Internal Examination, Weighing Internal Organs, and sewing up the body

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What are the 4 ways a manner of death can occur

Natural death
Accidental death
Suicide
Homicide

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What are 3 examples of causes of death

Disease, stroke, or shooting

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What are 2 examples of mechanism of death?

Blood loss or the stoppage of brain functions

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What are 3 factors that affect rigor Mortis

Ambient temperature
Weight of the body
If you Exercised or not before death

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What 3 factors can affect the blowfly cycle

Weather, clothing and where the corpse

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Histology

The study of tissue in the body

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Neuropathology

The examination of disease and trauma of the brain

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What 3 factors affect algor Mortis

Ambient temperature
Excessive body fat
Clothing

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In algor Mortis does ambient temperature slow down or speed up the process?

Speeds up

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In algor Mortis does excessive body fat slow down or speed up the process?

Slows down

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In algor Mortis does clothing slow down or speed up the process?

Slows down

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In rigor Mortis does ambient temperature slow down or speed up the process

Slows down

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In rigor Mortis does body fat slow down or speed up the process

Slow down

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In rigor Mortis does a fever slow down or speed up the process

Speed up

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In rigor Mortis does exercise slow down or speed up the process

Speed up

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In rigor Mortis does clothing slow down or speed up the process

Speed up

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What 3 things does the medical examiner document when doing an external examination?

Physical characteristics
Weight
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