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

Examples of medical examiner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Joseph Christopher Sunpongo was a passenger in a white Jeep Renegade when someone in a red car shot him shortly before 11 p.m. in the Ravenswood neighborhood, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Sylvia Goodman,, 7 Oct. 2021 After three weeks, Maitre began checking the website listing people in jail and even the county medical examiner’s officer to see if his name would appear. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Oct. 2021 Police and a medical examiner initially attributed Floyd’s death to drug use and underlying conditions, despite bystander video showing former police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck and back for more than nine minutes. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 Even in the case of George Floyd, whose agonizing last breaths under a Minneapolis police officer’s knee were captured on bystander video, the police and the county medical examiner first pointed to drug use and underlying health conditions. New York Times, 30 Sep. 2021 The coroner or medical examiner may fail to indicate police involvement in a death certificate’s cause of death section or make errors in the process of assigning certain codes, the researchers said. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2021 The police and the state medical examiner’s office are investigating. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 July 2021 Detectives, crime scene investigators and the medical examiner were also at the scene with the officers. Andres Picon, San Antonio Express-News, 27 June 2021 Kaczynski has been a member of the Service Employees International Union Local 1 for the last four years, but has cleaned the Milwaukee County Courthouse complex and medical examiner's office for the last 10 years. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of medical examiner

1877, in the meaning defined above

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12 Oct 2021

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“Medical examiner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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