Morgues

Buildings or parts of buildings designed or used for the hygienic temporary storage of corpses prior to disposal. A morgue typically contains large refrigerated drawers or other areas for storage of individual bodies, and tables and equipment for the identification and examination of the corpses. The term derives from the proper name of a particular building in Paris in which the bodies of the dead were kept until identified.

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2731
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morgues
morgue
lijkenhuizen Dutch
lijkenhuis Dutch
depósito de cadáveres Spanish
depósito judicial de cadáveres Spanish

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Buildings or parts of buildings designed or used for the hygienic temporary storage of corpses prior to disposal. A morgue typically contains large refrigerated drawers or other areas for storage of individual bodies, and tables and equipment for the identification and examination of the corpses. The term derives from the proper name of a particular building in Paris in which the bodies of the dead were kept until identified.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300005878. The J. Paul Getty Trust.