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Forensic Science: Chapter 11 vocabulary

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algor mortis
The cooling of the body after death.
autolysis
The spontaneous breakdown of cells as they self digest.
Cause of death
the immediate reason for a person's death (such as heart attack, kidney failure)
Death
The cessation, or end, or life
Decomposition
the process of rotting and breaking down
Forensic Etymology
the study of insects as they pertain to legal issues.
Instar
one of the three larval stages of insect development.
Larve
immature form of an animal that undergoes metamorphosis.
Livor Mortis
the pooling of the blood in tissue after death resulting in a reddish color to the skin.
Manner of Death
One of four means by which someone dies (i.e. , Natural, accidental, suicidal, or homicidal)
Mechanism of death
the specific body failure that led to death.
Pupa
the stage in an insect's life cycle when the larva forms a capsule around itself and changes into its adult form.
Rigor Mortis
the stiffening of the skeletal muscles after death.
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