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A place where dead bodies are held pending identification and disposition.



a place where dead bodies are received, stored, identified, and disposed, and where forensic medical examinations are conducted. In the USSR, morgues are a part of bureaus of forensic medical examination, hospitals, clinics, research institutes, and subdepartments of forensic medicine.

In contemporary practice, the term “morgue” has been retained only for forensic medical institutions; in hospitals, autopsies are performed in departments of pathological anatomy, where the bodies of patients who have died in medical facilities are brought. Morgues receive the bodies of unidentified persons, of victims of violent death or suspected violent death, of patients who have died in medical facilities when no diagnosis has been established or when investigative agencies have received complaints of improper or illegal treatment, of patients dead on arrival at medical facilities, and of victims of sudden death if the cause has not been established by a physician.

A morgue consists of a room for examining dead bodies (autopsy room) and of auxiliary rooms.

morgue, mortuary

A room or building for the holding and/or identification of dead bodies prior to burial or cremation.
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Government workers of a prosecutor's office in the Mexican city of Chilpancingo protested against the stink from rotting corpses at the municipal morgue Tuesday, forcing the office to be closed for nearly three hours, Mexican officials said.
Il a ajoute que ces depouilles sont conservees dans les morgues pour une periode de plus d'un an et ce pour effectuer des enquetes relatives a des crimes et identifier entre autres, les circonstances de deces des victimes.
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The Public Prosecutor asked the police to coordinate with the authorities at government hospitals in the emirate to take urgent measures to arrange the burial of other bodies kept in the morgues for a long time without being claimed by relatives or others.
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Las fotografias fueron en estas cuatro morgues, fueron las que saque hasta el lO de octubre de 1898, [cuando] deje de hacerlo, 2.
That may not sound like a huge accomplishment, if you consider the county - home to one of the nation's busiest morgues - has had some 3,000 unclaimed remains since the early 1990s.
Public health and other agencies performing large-scale DVI in temporary morgues might consider implementing the recommendations and procedures described in this report.