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Estimating time of death
BODY TEMPERATURE
Human core body temperature is usually 37 degrees, but as soon as the person dies the body cools due to the absence of heat-producing
chemical reactions.

Core temperature is measured via the rectum or through an abdominal stab.

The cooling of the body follows…

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2. Respiration in the cells become anaerobic and produces lactic acid.
3. The pH of the cells falls, inhibiting enzymes and thus inhibiting anaerobic respiration.
4. The ATP needed for muscle contraction is no longer produced. As a result, bonds between the muscle proteins become fixed.
5. The proteins can…

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