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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Police do not suspect foul play, and the city medical examiner's office will determine his cause of death, cops said. Author: John Annese, David Matthews, Anchorage Daily News, "Ric Ocasek, new wave pioneer and lead singer of The Cars, found dead at home," 16 Sep. 2019 Investigators towed the car and the remains to the county medical examiner's office for processing, the sheriff's office said. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "For 22 years, his disappearance was a mystery; then, someone spotted something odd in a Google Earth photo," 14 Sep. 2019 Her body, which was found in the Rio Grande in Española, was brought to the medical examiner's office to determine a cause of death. Fox News, "New Mexico girl, 5, found dead in Rio Grande River after disappearing days earlier, officials say," 12 Sep. 2019 As of July this year, the remains of only about 60% of the 2,753 people killed at the World Trade Center that day have been positively identified, according to the medical examiner's office. Faith Karimi, CNN, "A firefighter killed on September 11 is identified 18 years later," 11 Sep. 2019 But the Court of Appeals ruled that Render should have had a hearing on her claim that her first defense attorney had been ineffective for not challenging a medical examiner's conclusion that Sherri Yvonne Head, 51, had died from strangulation. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman's sentence for killing sister cut by 7 years," 9 Sep. 2019 The ruling came five days after the medical examiner's office conducted an autopsy and classified the cause of death as pending while seeking additional information. al, "Some Jeffrey Epstein prison camera footage is unusable," 27 Aug. 2019 Sara Hudson died Monday from two gunshot wounds in the head, the Dallas County medical examiner's office said: one in the left temple and one in the back of the head. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Woman was shot in head before being left in burning SUV in Lower Greenville," 23 Aug. 2019 The medical examiner's office said a chokehold contributed to Garner's death. Michael R. Sisak, Fortune, "Why NYPD Fired Officer 5 Years After Eric Garner’s Chokehold Death," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of medical examiner

1877, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of medical examiner

US : 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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