Common Postmortem Changes


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Which of the following refers to the contraction of muscles after death?

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1. Which of the following refers to the pooling of blood towards the gravity dependent regions of the body?

2. Which of the following refers to the paleness of the skin associated with death?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The body commonly goes through four postmortem changes, and this worksheet and quiz will assess your understanding of each change. You will need to identify what occurs during the four changes in order to pass the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to test yourself on the definitions of:

  • Rigor mortis
  • Pallor mortis
  • Livor mortis
  • Algor mortis

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz set will allow you to practice these following skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast terms from the lesson, such as the difference between pallor mortis and rigor mortis
  • Making connections - understand how each common postmortem change may benefit forensic investigators in establishing time of death
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can review information regarding what occurs to the body during each postmortem change and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Check out the related lesson titled Common Postmortem Changes to learn more about the topic. The lesson will help you:

  • Define pallor mortis, algor mortis, rigor mortis, and livor mortis
  • Recognize the differences between each postmortem change
  • Identify external factors that may influence each change
  • Explore how the changes can play a role in a forensic investigation