Outline of death

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to death:

Death termination of all biological functions that sustain a living organism.

What is death?

Death can be described as all of the following:

Types of death

Causes of death

Causes of death, by type

Other classifications of causes of death

Effects of death

History of death

Philosophy and death

Death and culture

Death and culture

Medical field and death

Politics of death

Legalities of death

Religion and death

Death care industry

Death care industry companies and organizations that provide services related to death (i.e., funerals, cremation or burial, and memorials).

Scientific study of death

Demography of death

Paranormal concepts pertaining to death

Dead people


After death

See also


  1. Koshland, Jr., Daniel E. (March 22, 2002). "The Seven Pillars of Life". Science. 295 (5563): 2215–2216. doi:10.1126/science.1068489. PMID 11910092. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
  2. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, published by Houghton Mifflin Company, via Answers.com:
    • "The property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms and inanimate matter, manifested in functions such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli or adaptation to the environment originating from within the organism."
    • "The characteristic state or condition of a living organism."
  3. Definition of inanimate. WordNet Search by Princeton University.
  4. "Merriam-Webster Dictionary". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  5. "organism". Chambers 21st Century Dictionary (online ed.). Chambers Publishers Ltd. 1999. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
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