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Vocab from Chap 14 & 15


Withdrawal of gases, fluids and semisolids from body cavities and hollow viscera by means of suction with an aspirator and trocar

Cavity Embalming

Direct treatment other than vascular embalming of the contents of the body cavities and lumina of the hollow viscera. Usually accomplished by aspiration and then injection of chemicals using a trocar

Electric Aspirator

Device that uses a motor to create a suction for the purpose of aspiration


Apparatus that is connected to the water supply. When the water is turned on, suction is developed and is used to aspirate the contects of the body's cavities

Infant Trocar

A short hollow tubular instrument with a sharp point. Used for aspiration and injection of an infant's thoracic and abdominal cavities.


Postmortem evacuation of any substances from an external orifice of the body as a result of pressure


Repeated aspiration of a cavity


Sharply pointed surgical instrument used in cavity embalming to aspirate the cavities and inject cavity fluid. May also be used for supplemental hypodermic embalming

Autopsy Gel

A type of accessory surface embalming chemical. Used to pack orifices

Baseball Suture

One of the most secure and commonly used suture methods

Bridge Suture

Individual sutures used to align tissues into position prior to, during or after embalming. They are temporary and are later replaced by more permanent sutures


Plastic garment designed to cover the body from the chest down to upper thigh


Crackling sensation produced when gases are trapped in tissue are palpated, as in subcutaneous emphysema or tissue gas.

Hypodermic Embalming

Injection of embalming chemicals directly into the tissues through the use of a syringe and needle or a trocar.

Postmortem Analysis

That consideration given to the dead body prior to, during, and after the embalming the embalming procedure is completed. Documentation is required.

Single intradermal suture

Suture made with needle and single thread. Referred to as the hidden stitch, it is directed through subcutaneous tissue only

Surface Embalming

Direct contact of body tissue with embalming chemicals.

Terminal Disinfection

Institution of disinfection and decontamination measures after preparation of remains


Plastic garment designed to cover the entire body from the neck down to and including the feet.

Worm Suture

Method of sewing an incision along the edges without entering the opening whereby the suture becomes invisible and the line of suture becomes depressed, which lends it ease of concealment by wax.

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