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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Jennifer Riordan, the woman partially ejected from the plane, suffered blunt force trauma injuries, a medical examiner found. Jason Laughlin,, "Southwest plane engine failure that caused an emergency landing complied with inspection recommendations," 3 May 2018 In a January special election upset, a local medical examiner, a Democrat, easily defeated a Republican state legislator for a State Senate seat held by Republicans for 17 years. Stephanie Saul, New York Times, "The Fight for Wisconsin Is On as Outside Money Pours Into Senate Race," 23 Apr. 2018 One was Steven Hayne, a medical examiner formerly responsible for up to 80% of Mississippi’s annual autopsies; for a spell Mr Hayne performed over 1,500 a year, six times the professional standard. The Economist, "A haunting chronicle of life after death row in Mississippi," 14 Apr. 2018 The body was taken to the medical examiner’s office. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs,, "58-year-old Hanover man found dead in Maryland state park," 11 July 2018 An autopsy determined that Duncan, of the 500 block of North St. Louis Avenue in East Garfield Park, died of multiple injures from an assault and her death was ruled a homicide, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Chicago Tribune,, "Woman found slain along river in Goose Island identified," 10 July 2018 Officials with the Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the victim as Darihanne Torres of Chicago. Char Adams,, "13-Year-Old Who Drowned After Being Swept Away in Lake Michigan Was 'Loving' Daughter, Family Says," 9 July 2018 The medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy. Josh Kovner,, "Girl, 16, Dies In Apparent Suicide At Children's Psychiatric Hospital In Middletown," 29 June 2018 The Cook County medical examiner’s office said Beasley suffered multiple gunshot wounds and ruled his death a homicide. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Markham man shot multiple times, killed in Hazel Crest: police," 28 June 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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