medical examiner


Definition of medical examiner 

: a usually appointed public officer whose duties are similar to those of a coroner but who is typically required to have specific medical training (as in pathology) and is qualified to conduct medical examinations and autopsies

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Chesna's body was removed from the hospital, and transported via procession of multiple law enforcement agencies to the state's medical examiner office, where he will be evaluated. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Massachusetts police officer killed after attacked with rock, shot with own gun, officials say," 2 Oct. 2018 The Clay County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation last summer after the Jackson County medical examiner ruled Parisi’s death a homicide. Glenn E. Rice And Ian Cummings, kansascity, "Clay County jail inmate faces indictment in the strangulation death," 31 Jan. 2018 Positive identification is pending from Alaska's medical examiner, the agency said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Searchers find bodies of missing hikers in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park," 3 July 2018 Identification of a victim and pronouncement of death is only done by a certified medical examiner. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nightmare #1: Husband's death by flying debris on I-94. Nightmare #2: The investigation," 29 June 2018 The bodies — the shell of their physical humanity faded and decomposed by the elements — are carefully removed and turned over to medical examiners. J.d. Gallop,, "Nearly half a dozen people have died in Walmart parking lots in Brevard County since 2015," 24 June 2018 His remains went to a mainland medical examiner first, then to a funeral home. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 At a press conference Friday morning, Gulluni said that the identities of the people found had not been determined but that the bodies were now with the medical examiner who would be performing autopsies. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Report: Captivity suspect seen searching in dirt before bodies found at home," 1 June 2018 The system counts only bodies that are brought to San Juan or were confirmed by a medical examiner traveling to the local municipality. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Maria killed more than 4,600 people, not 64. That’s more than 70 times the official estimate.," 29 May 2018

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1877, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of medical examiner

: a public official who examines the bodies of dead people to find the cause of death

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Medical Definition of medical examiner 

1 : a usually appointed public officer with duties similar to those of a coroner but who is required to have specific medical training (as in pathology) and is qualified to conduct medical examinations and autopsies

2 : a physician employed to make medical examinations (as of applicants for military service or of claimants of workers' compensation)

3 : a physician appointed to examine and license candidates for the practice of medicine in a political jurisdiction (as a state)

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Legal Definition of medical examiner 

: a public officer who determines the necessity of and conducts autopsies

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