Definition of exhumation in English:

exhumation

noun

mass noun
  • 1The action of digging up something buried, especially a corpse.

    ‘the exhumation of bodies was ordered following protests by the villagers’
    ‘the exhumation of a prisoners' mass grave’
    • ‘A forensic pathologist was not present for the exhumation.’
    • ‘The initial involvement of the Home Office in granting permission for the exhumation of three bodies did not end there.’
    • ‘Earlier this year, Wiltshire Constabulary oversaw the exhumation of the body of a heroin addict.’
    • ‘A white canvas tent surrounded the exhumation site at the Cemetery, where several onlookers gathered to watch.’
    • ‘A recent exhumation of scores of bodies adds to the already rancid smell inside the church.’
    • ‘The exhumation was supervised by a local DNA specialist, who took samples from the body.’
    • ‘The pathologist who conducted a post-mortem examination following exhumation, concluded that death was "consistent with potassium poisoning".’
    • ‘The exhumation of Roman artifacts reinforced the enduring power of such symbols.’
    • ‘Following this revelation, other recent sudden deaths in the household were recalled and permission was granted for the exhumation of three more bodies.’
    • ‘He agreed to the exhumation of his grandfather, who died in 1966, from a plot in the Cemetery last May.’
    1. 1.1Geology The exposure of a land surface that was formerly buried.
      ‘the exhumation of rock to the surface’
      • ‘Moreover, it is possible that some Jurassic sediments that were not completely eroded during the early Cretaceous could have been removed during a Palaeogene exhumation episode.’
      • ‘Therefore deeper burial, and subsequent exhumation during this interval, provides a viable explanation of the observed early Tertiary palaeotemperatures in this well.’
      • ‘The pattern of Cenozoic uplift and exhumation of mainland Britain is perhaps best defined across northern England.’
      • ‘This same belt has undergone asymmetric Cenozoic uplift and exhumation of up to 3000 m, with gentler dip towards the North Sea basin but with a sharper edge on the west side.’
      • ‘A belt of hot, low-density uppermost mantle underlying mainland Britain down to at least 200 km depth, revealed by seismic tomography, may be the prime cause of the Cenozoic uplift and exhumation.’
      • ‘This profile therefore suggests that the observed palaeotemperatures could be explained largely in terms of extra heating as a result of additional depth of burial, with subsequent cooling due to exhumation and erosion.’
      • ‘The magnitude of this exhumation was stronger along the present-day coastline where the deep-seated late Palaeozoic to Mid-Jurassic plutono-metamorphic belt is now exposed.’

Pronunciation

exhumation

/ɛks(h)juːˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/