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Postmortem Lividity

Postmortem lividity (syn: cadaveric lividity, darkening of death, hypostasis, livor mortis (L. Livor, blueness; mortis, death), livores, postmortem hypostasis, postmortem lividity, Postmortem staining, subcutaneous hypostasis, suggillation) is the:

(i) bluish-purple or purplish-red discoloration,

(ii) which appears after death,

(iii) on the most dependent parts of the skin,

(iv) as a result of blood pooling in the capillaries and tiny veins (rete mucosum) of the dermis's most superficial layers,

(v)  as a result of gravity


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