*Chapter 11: Death: Livor Mortis/Rigor Mortis

algor mortis

the cooling of the body after death


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)


the cessation, or end, of life


the process of rotting and breaking down

forensic entomology

the study of insects as they pertain to legal issues


one of the three larval stages of insect development


immature form of an animal that undergoes metamorphosis (for example, a maggot)

livor mortis

the pooling of the blood in tissues 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 leads to death


the stage in the 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

natural death

caused by interruption and failure of body functions resulting from age or disease; this is the most common manner of death.

accidental death

caused by unplanned events