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  • Algor mortis - the cooling of the body after death
  • Livor mortis - the pooling of the blood in tissues after death
  • Rigor mortis - the stiffening of the skeletal muscles after death
  • Autolysis - the spontaneous breakdown of cells as they self-digest
  • Cause of death - the immediate reason for a person's death (for example, heart attack, kidney failure)
  • Manner of death - one of four means by which someone dies (i.e., natural, accidental, suicidal, or homicidal)
  • Mechanism of death - the specific body failure that leads to death
  • Decomposition - the process of rotting and breaking down
  • Forensic entomology - the study of insects as they pertain to legal issues
  • Larva (plural larvae) - immature form of an animal that undergoes metamorphosis (for example, a maggot)
  • Pupa (plural pupae) - the stage in an insect's life cycle when the larva forms a capsule around itself and turns into its adult form