coroner


cor·o·ner

noun \ˈkr-ə-nər, ˈkär-\

: 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

  1. 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

Rhymes with CORONER

cor·o·ner

noun \ˈkr-ə-nər, ˈkär-\   (Medical Dictionary)

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

coroner

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Public official whose principal duty is to inquire into any death that appears to be unnatural. The name of the office as it emerged in England in the late 12th century was originally “crowner” (also called “coronator”), a reference to the coroner's principal duty of protecting the crown's property. By the late 19th century, the coroner's role had shifted to that of conducting inquests into unnatural deaths. In Canada, all coroners are appointed. In the U.S., the office is elective or appointive, depending on the jurisdiction. Coroners often possess both legal and medical qualifications, but the office is sometimes filled by laypersons, including undertakers, sheriffs, and justices of the peace. In many states the office has been replaced by that of the medical examiner, who is usually a licensed pathologist.

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