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(1)In this Act “anatomical examination” means the examination by dissection of a body for purposes of teaching or studying, or researching into, morphology; and where parts of a body are separated in the course of its anatomical examination, such examination includes the examination by dissection of the parts for those purposes.

(2)In this Act “anatomical specimen” means—

(a)a body to be used for anatomical examination, or

(b)a body in course of being used for anatomical examination (including separated parts of such a body).

(3)In this Act “body” means the body of a deceased person.

(4)Nothing in this Act applies to anything done for the purposes of a post-mortem examination requested or required or directed to be made by a competent legal authority or carried out for the purpose of establishing or confirming the causes of death or of investigating the existence or nature of abnormal conditions.

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If part of a body is authorised under section 1 of the M1Human Tissue Act 1961 to be removed for purposes of medical education or research, that section (and not this Act) applies to the removal and use of the part, even if the education or research consists of or involves anatomical examination; but the preceding provisions of this subsection do not prevent this Act applying as regards the body after such removal or where no such removal is made.

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