Morgue vs. Mortuary

By Jaxson

  • Morgue

    A morgue or mortuary (in a hospital or elsewhere) is used for the storage of human corpses awaiting identification or removal for autopsy or respectful burial, cremation or other method. In modern times corpses have customarily been refrigerated to delay decomposition.

  • Morgue (noun)

    A supercilious or haughty attitude; arrogance.

  • Morgue (noun)

    A building or room where dead bodies are kept before their proper burial or cremation, particularly in legal and law enforcement contexts.

  • Morgue (noun)

    The archive and background information division of a newspaper.

    “Kwapil, Joseph F. (2 July 1921) “Librarian Talks of Newspaper Morgue”, Fourth Estate [ page 5].”

  • Mortuary (adjective)

    of, or relating to death or a funeral; funereal

  • Mortuary (noun)

    A place where dead bodies are stored prior to burial or cremation.

  • Mortuary (noun)

    A sort of ecclesiastical heriot, a customary gift claimed by, and due to, the minister of a parish on the death of a parishioner.


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