Rigor Mortis: Definition, Timeline & Stages


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The final stage of rigor mortis is ______.

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1. How long after death will the muscles stay stiff under normal conditions?

2. _______ is the term used to describe the hardening of the body muscles after death.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet are designed to help you gauge your understanding of what happens to the body's muscles following death. Topics on the quiz include familiarity with all stages of rigor mortis.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • What the final stage of rigor mortis is
  • The term used to describe the hardening of the body's muscles following death
  • The amount of time in which muscles will stay stiff following the completion of rigor mortis
  • Factors that accelerate the process of rigor mortis
  • How many stages of rigor mortis are used in the field of medicolegal death investigation

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding how the muscles are affected during the rigor mortis process
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what can decelerate or accelerate the process of rigor mortis
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the stages of rigor mortis

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Rigor Mortis: Definition, Timeline & Stages. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe rigor mortis
  • Outline the timeline of rigor mortis
  • Provide a table identifying factors that can slow down or accelerate the rigor mortis process
  • List the stages of rigor mortis
  • Explain each stage of rigor mortis