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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Thomas Noguchi, the chief medical examiner for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, performed the autopsy. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie "Brainstorm," Natalie Wood’s Last Film," 21 Dec. 2018 In the movie, Shay plays Megan Reed, a young medical examiner working the late shift in a shadowy morgue. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Shay Mitchell's New Thriller "The Possession of Hannah Grace" Releases First Trailer," 15 Oct. 2018 The Miami-Dade medical examiner has yet to determine the cause of death. Sarah Blaskey, Sonia Osorio And Daniel Chang, miamiherald, "She dreamed of getting plastic surgery in Miami. Three days later, she was dead.," 13 June 2018 In Webb County, for example, medical examiner Corinne Stern won't work with families who reach out through nonprofits rather than through law enforcement agencies. Bob Ortega, CNN, "For families of vanished migrants, unidentified remains mean answers never come," 15 May 2018 Anyone with information on the woman is asked to call the medical examiner’s office’s Investigations Section at 206-731-3232, ext. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Do you know who she is? Sketch released of woman who died in Kirkland.," 20 Feb. 2019 In early February, the New York City medical examiner’s office found Mr. Kroll’s cause of death was an accidental overdose by fentanyl-laced heroin, a phenomenon that has driven a recent increase in fatal overdoses citywide. Yoree Koh, WSJ, "The Tech Whiz Behind Vine and HQ Trivia Made Millions in His 20s. He Was Dead by 34.," 15 Feb. 2019 The New York City’s medical examiner’s office officially declared the designer’s death a suicide two days later. Karen Mizoguchi,, "David Spade Donates $100,000 to Help Those Affected by Mental Illness After Sister-In-Law Kate's Suicide," 13 June 2018 Last year, New York City’s medical examiner ruled the boy’s death a homicide, with the child dying of acute phenobarbital intoxication. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Queens Mother Charged With Manslaughter in 5-Year-Old’s Fatal Overdose in 2017," 26 July 2018

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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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