Corpses


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Corpses

See also burial; death

an inspection and dissection of a body after death, usually to determine the cause of death. Also called necropsy, post-mortem examination.
an obsession with death or the dead. — necromaniac, n.
the practice of feeding on carrion. — necrophage, n. — necrophagous, adj.
an abnormal attraction, especially erotic, to corpses. — necrophile, necrophiliac, n.
1. an abnormal fear of death. Also called thanatophobia.
2. an abnormal fear of corpses. — necrophobe, n. — necrophobic, adj.
autopsy.
1. the dissection of corpses.
2. the surgical excision of a piece of dead bone. — necrotomist, n. — necrotomic, adj.
the exhuming and stealing of bodies from graves, especially for dissection; body snatching. — resurrection man, n.
necrophobia, def. 1.
References in classic literature ?
A dolorous place it was, this canoe house, filled with groans and sighs, corpses beneath the floor and composing the floor, creatures soon to be corpses upon the floor, corpses swinging in aerial sepulchre overhead, long black canoes, high-ended like beaked predatory monsters, dimly looming in the light of a slow fire where sat an ancient of the tribe of Somo at his interminable task of smoke-curing a bushman's head.
The number of corpses was much smaller than he had imagined, only two more passing him before, at six hundred steps, or about five hundred yards, from the point he had taken to the stream, he came to the end of the tunnel and looked out upon sunlit water, running between grassy banks.
It would be difficult to explain why and whither ants whose heap has been destroyed are hurrying: some from the heap dragging bits of rubbish, larvae, and corpses, others back to the heap, or why they jostle, overtake one another, and fight, and it would be equally difficult to explain what caused the Russians after the departure of the French to throng to the place that had formerly been Moscow.
A light hath dawned upon me: I need companions--living ones; not dead companions and corpses, which I carry with me where I will.
A heap of corpses both of riders and horses lay round the mountain, and many dying men lay groaning there unable to go any farther with their wounded limbs.
And all the time I sat there the necessity of getting back to the ship bore heavily on my already half-congealed spirits - the shivering in glazed tramcars, the stumbling over the snow- sprinkled waste ground, the vision of ships frozen in a row, appearing vaguely like corpses of black vessels in a white world, so silent, so lifeless, so soulless they seemed to be.
Two of the corpses appeared to have been partially devoured as though by wolves.
He said if we could find that corpse we would be celebrated, and more talked about than if we got drownded.
He then took up the corpse and carried it into his wife's room, nearly driving her crazy with fright.
As many of the burghers had brought spades with them, supposing that they might possibly be called upon to disinter a corpse, the drain was easily and speedily effected; and no sooner was the bottom visible, than right in the middle of the mud that remained was discovered a black silk velvet waistcoat, which nearly every one present immediately recognized as the property of Mr.
One might doubt in seasons of cold reflection; but not then, in the presence of her corpse.
Can a corpse own it, want it, spend it, claim it, miss it?