body snatching

body snatching
the act or practice of robbing a grave to obtain a cadaver for dissection.
[1825-35]

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  • Body-snatching — was the secret disinterment of bodies from churchyards to sell them for dissection or anatomy lectures in medical schools. Those who practised body snatching or grave robbing were often called resurrectionists or resurrection men. [1911] Body… …   Wikipedia

  • Body snatching — Body Bod y, n.; pl. {Bodies}. [OE. bodi, AS. bodig; akin to OHG. botah. [root]257. Cf. {Bodice}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The material organized substance of an animal, whether living or dead, as distinguished from the spirit, or vital principle; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • body-snatching — /ˈbɒdi ˌsnætʃɪŋ/ (say bodee .snaching) noun 1. the act of robbing a grave to obtain a body for dissection. 2. the practice adopted by organisations to gain new members, employees, etc., by luring people away from another similar organisation with …  

  • body snatching — Stealing a corpse. The taking of a corpse from the grave secretly and without authority; a criminal offense, as violation of sepulture. 22 Am J2d Dead B § 50 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • body snatching — the act or practice of robbing a grave to obtain a cadaver for dissection. [1825 35] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Body — Bod y, n.; pl. {Bodies}. [OE. bodi, AS. bodig; akin to OHG. botah. [root]257. Cf. {Bodice}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The material organized substance of an animal, whether living or dead, as distinguished from the spirit, or vital principle; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Body cavity — Body Bod y, n.; pl. {Bodies}. [OE. bodi, AS. bodig; akin to OHG. botah. [root]257. Cf. {Bodice}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The material organized substance of an animal, whether living or dead, as distinguished from the spirit, or vital principle; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Body cloth — Body Bod y, n.; pl. {Bodies}. [OE. bodi, AS. bodig; akin to OHG. botah. [root]257. Cf. {Bodice}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The material organized substance of an animal, whether living or dead, as distinguished from the spirit, or vital principle; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Body clothes — Body Bod y, n.; pl. {Bodies}. [OE. bodi, AS. bodig; akin to OHG. botah. [root]257. Cf. {Bodice}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The material organized substance of an animal, whether living or dead, as distinguished from the spirit, or vital principle; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Body cloths — Body Bod y, n.; pl. {Bodies}. [OE. bodi, AS. bodig; akin to OHG. botah. [root]257. Cf. {Bodice}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The material organized substance of an animal, whether living or dead, as distinguished from the spirit, or vital principle; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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