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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Recent Examples on the Web The child Stacey Jones, 35, had been carrying when she was fatally shot last week died Saturday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Baby of Stacey Jones — who was pregnant when she was fatally shot — has died," 18 Oct. 2020 The victims were pronounced dead on the scene from homicidal violence, and were identified by the Dallas County medical examiner’s office two days later. Dallas News, "Man faces capital murder charge after 3 slain at northwest Dallas motel," 16 Oct. 2020 Several of Cortez’s colleagues accompanied his body in a procession from the hospital to the medical examiner’s office Wednesday. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "COVID-19 restrictions may have played a role in San Francisco firefighter’s death," 12 Oct. 2020 The Fire Department carried Cortez to the medical examiner on Wednesday afternoon, with a procession of uniformed firefighters and engines paying tribute. Rachel Swan,, "SF firefighter died after water blast pushed him off fire escape during training exercise, report says," 11 Oct. 2020 No other information was immediately available, but investigators were called near the intersection of South 4th Street and West Greenfield Avenue on Saturday, according to the medical examiner’s office. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Medical examiner called to Walker's Point for homicide," 12 Sep. 2020 The body was taken to the medical examiner’s office of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for identification and autopsy. Carol Robinson |, al, "Missing Auburn 18-year-old found slain; 2 charged with kidnapping," 11 Sep. 2020 The city medical examiner’s office will determine the cause of the man’s death. Greg Norman, Fox News, "New York City subway, bus riders who don't wear masks risk $50 fines," 10 Sep. 2020 Autopsy results also indicated heart disease, fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use, according to the medical examiner’s report. Joe Barrett, WSJ, "Derek Chauvin, Ex-Officer Charged in George Floyd Killing, Is Released on Bail," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of medical examiner

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Medical examiner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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