What is dependent lividity and how can you use it to tell how long a person has been dead?

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What is dependent lividity and how can you use it to tell how long a person has been dead?

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When a person dies, if they are left in a specific position, gravity tends to draw all the blood in the body to the “lowest” point(s). This creates a large, bruise-like coloration on the corpse. This is called dependent lividity.