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13 terms

forensics unit 2

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algor mortis
The cooling of the body after death
cause of death
The immediate reason for a person's death (such as heart attack, kidney failure)
decomposition
the process of rotting and breaking down
instar
One of the three larval stages of insect development
livor mortis
The pooling of the blood in tissues after death resulting in a reddish color to the skin
mechanism of death
The specific body failure that leads to death
rigor mortis
stiffening of the skeletal muscles after death
autolysis
The spontaneous breakdown of cells as they self-digest
death
the cessation, or end, of life
forensic entomology
The study of insects as they pertain to legal issues
manner of death
one of four means by which someone dies (i.e., natural, accidental, suicidal, or homicidal)
pupa
the stage of an insect's life cycle when the larva forms a capsule around itself and changes into its adult form
mitochondrial DNA
DNA only found in the mitochondria that is inherited only through mothers