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Does the term in vitro necessarily imply that the organism/organs/cells of study are dead?

If not, is there an alternative latin term to refer to studies of dead biological matter ? (e.g. in Connectomics where the tissue is biologically dead, and has been fixated and sectioned with a microtome)

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Ex vivo perhaps? In mortum? :) –  terdon Dec 12 '12 at 12:00
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Does the term in vitro necessarily imply that the organism/organs/cells of study are dead?

No, in vitro studies are often carried out with living cells - just think of in vitro fertilisation. The nearest I can come up with for what you want is histology, but I think even this encompasses studies of living cells and tissues.

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