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Medical Term:

postmortem livedo


a purple coloration of dependent parts, except in areas of contact pressure, appearing within 30 minutes to 2 hours after death, as a result of gravitational movement of blood within the vessels.

Synonym(s): postmortem hypostasis, postmortem lividity, postmortem suggillation

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