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Forensic pathology is the application of the principles of medicine and pathology to the study of sudden, unexpected, suspicious, and violent death to determine the mechanisms, cause, and manner of death.

Forensic pathology focuses on determining the cause of death by examining a corpse. A post mortem is performed by a medical examiner, usually during the investigation of criminal law cases and civil law cases in some jurisdictions.