coroner

noun
cor·​o·​ner | \ ˈkȯr-ə-nər, ˈkär-\

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 — compare medical examiner

Examples of coroner in a Sentence

The coroner examined the body but found no evidence of foul play.

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Not everyone receives an autopsy upon death; in a case where suspicious circumstances surround the death, a medical examiner or coroner can order an autopsy without consent from next of kin. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 Eleven days after the fire, the exact death toll was still unclear, with figures diverging between coroners and the fire department. Costas Kantouris And Elena Becatoros, Fox News, "Greece to tear down illegal fences for better fire safety," 3 Aug. 2018 In some states, due to the failure to specify the drugs by coroners and medical examiners, the researchers estimated that the real tally of deaths should be increased by thousands. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "70,000 opioid deaths may have gone uncounted from 1999 through 2015, researchers say," 27 June 2018 Jermaine Mitchell, 44, was shot dead just after 8 a.m. near Touro and Abundance streets at the edge of the city's St. Roch neighborhood, said police and the coroner. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "New Orleans coroner ID's 2 men killed in separate shootings Thursday," 25 May 2018 Republican Chuck Harris is finishing his second of two terms as coroner and can’t seek another consecutive term under Indiana law. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Porter County Dems, GOP vote for coroners," 9 May 2018 The National Vital Statistics System relies on information that coroners and medical examiners include on death certificates. Karen Kaplan, latimes.com, "If you're worried about prescription opioids, you should be really scared of fentanyl," 1 May 2018 Two congressional offices, all statewide offices and legislative seats, and the following county offices: commissioners districts 1 and 3, clerk, treasurer, assessor and coroner. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Skip the lines: Early voting in Ada, Canyon counties starts Monday | Idaho Statesman," 27 Apr. 2018 As a potential successor, Maseru had recruited Dr. O’Dell Owens, well-known across Greater Cincinnati after two terms as Hamilton County coroner and later as president of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati's health department touches you in ways you don't see. Here's its new boss.," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of coroner

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coroner

Middle English corowner, coronour "local officer of the crown charged with supervision of royal pleas," borrowed from Anglo-French coroner, corouner, from corone, coroune crown entry 1 + -er -er entry 2

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coroner

noun

English Language Learners 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.

coroner

noun
cor·​o·​ner | \ ˈkȯr-ə-nər \

Kids Definition of coroner

: a public official responsible for determining the causes of deaths which are not due to natural causes

coroner

noun
cor·​o·​ner | \ ˈkȯr-ə-nər, ˈkär- \

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 sense 1

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coroner

noun
cor·​o·​ner | \ ˈkȯr-ə-nər \

Legal Definition of coroner 

: a public officer whose principal duty is to inquire by an inquest into the cause of death when there is reason to think the death may not be due to natural causes

History and Etymology for coroner

Anglo-French, recorder of crown pleas, from corone crown

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