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  • algor motis

    postmortem changes that cause a body to lose heat


    the medical dissection and examination of a body in order to determine the cause of death.

    buccal swab

    a swab of the inner portion of the cheek; cheek cells are usually collected to determine the DNA profile of an individual

    chain of custody

    a list of all people who came into possession of an item of evidence

    finished sketch

    a precise rendering of the crime scene, usually drawn to scale.

    livor mortis

    the medical condition that occurs after death and results in the settling of blood in areas of the body closest to the ground

    physical evidence

    any object that can establish that a crime has been committed or can link a crime and its victim or its perpetrator

    rigor mortis

    the medical condition that occurs after death and results in the stiffening of body parts in the position they are in when death occurs

    rough sketch

    a draft representation of all essential information and measurements at a crime scene, this sketch is drawn at the crime scene

    standard/reference sample

    physical evidence whose origin is known; such as blood or hair from a suspect, that can be compared to crime-scene evidence

    substrate control

    uncontaminated surface material cloase to an area where physical evidence has been deposited. this sample is to be used to ensure that the surface on which a sample has been deposited does not interfere with laboratory tests.

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