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The preserving or setting of body organs in a solution of formaldehyde. It is often used where a person has been on a life support system for some time before dying. In those cases the brain becomes very watery and cannot be examined properly. The brain is put in a ‘hammock’ and suspended in formaldehyde for several days to set it, thus delaying the pathologist's examination.

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