Autopsy terminology help

classic Classic list List threaded Threaded
3 messages Options
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Autopsy terminology help

Zannian
I found this sentence in a homicide victims autopsy:

"The axial skeleton and hyoid bone are cleaned."

The body was found outside, maggot infested and partially skeletonized after days of going undiscovered.  What does the word "cleaned" mean in that sentence?  Any help would be appreciated.
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: Autopsy terminology help

Danielle
The bones had no tissue on them (the maggots “cleaned up” that “mess”).
Reply | Threaded
Open this post in threaded view
|

Re: Autopsy terminology help

Zannian
Thanks for the reply, Danielle.

I had thought the meaning of 'cleaned' there might of meant nothing was broken.