Autopsy translates in Arabic to al-tashreeh. Could this term influence its acceptability?

Suhail H. Al-Amad, Stephen Cordner, Mu'Men Al Haddidi, Hani Al-Amad

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It is not unusual for laypersons to object on the conduct of an autopsy of a loved one for fear of disfigurement or burial delays. In this paper, we discuss a new possible reason for objection among Arabic speaking communities related to the language. The Arabic word for autopsy is "al-tashreeh" which, when examining its other linguistic uses, might result in wrong inferences among laypersons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-35
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2015


  • Arabic language
  • Autopsy

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