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Thanatology: Types of Death and Post Mortem Changes

May 30, 2023

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Types of Death

Somatic death or Clinical death

Molecular death or Cellular death

Bichat’s mode of death

Atria mortis or Gateway of death

Suspended animation or Apparent death.

Post-Mortem Changes  

Early Signs:

Cooling of the body or Algor mortis

Post-Mortem Staining

Rigor Mortis or Cadaveric stiffening or Cadaveric Rigidity

Causes of Muscle Stiffening after Death                    

Differences between cadaveric spasm and rigor mortis

Late changes

Ante-mortem vs Post-mortem 

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