Post-mortem chemistry

Post-mortem chemistry, also called necrochemistry or death chemistry is a subdiscipline of chemistry in which the chemical structures, reactions, processes and parameters of a dead organism is investigated. Post-mortem chemistry plays a significant role in forensic pathology. Biochemical analyses of vitreous humor, cerebrospinal fluid, blood and urine is important in determining the cause of death or in elucidating forensic cases.[1]

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  1. Cristian Palmiere & Patrice Mangin (2012). "Postmortem chemistry update part I" (PDF). Int J Legal Med. 126: 187–198. doi:10.1007/s00414-011-0625-y.
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