grave robbing meaning

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The stealing of corpses after burial,especially for medical dissection. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries,in the absence of laws governing the acquisition of dissecting material for the study of anatomy,the needs of anatomy classes were met by surreptitious methods: body-snatching and grave robbing. The infamous practice of burking,murder to procure bodies for dissection,was given the name of a rascal named W. Burke,hanged in Edinburgh in 1829. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary,2d ed; from Garrison,An Introduction to the History of Medicine,4th ed,p447; from Castiglioni,A History of Medicine,2d ed,p676)


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  1. Harris claims to be on to Lynch's grave robbing.
  2. Digging them up just seems macabre, sort of like grave robbing.
  3. The only person convicted was a tavern keeper charged with grave robbing.
  4. "Grave robbing, " he sighed.
  5. Grave robbing is still problematic in 21st century China.

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