Simple Definition of coroner
: a public official whose job is to find out the cause of death when people die in ways that are violent, sudden, etc.
Full Definition of coroner
: a usually elected public officer whose principal duty is to inquire by an inquest into the cause of any death which there is reason to suppose is not due to natural causes — compare medical examiner
Examples of coroner
The coroner examined the body but found no evidence of foul play.
Origin of coroner
Middle English, an officer of the crown, from Anglo-French, from corone crown, from Latin corona
First Known Use: 15th century
CORONER Defined for Kids
Definition of coroner
: a public official responsible for determining the causes of deaths which are not due to natural causes
Medical Definition of coroner
: a usually elected public officer who is typically not required to have specific medical qualifications and whose principal duty is to inquire by an inquest into the cause of any death which there is reason to suppose is not due to natural causes—see medical examiner 1
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