pa·thol·o·gist | \pə-ˈthä-lə-jist, pa-\

Definition of pathologist 

: a specialist in pathology specifically : one who interprets and diagnoses the changes caused by disease in tissues and body fluids

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The findings, released Tuesday about six weeks after Clark’s death, are starkly different from those presented March 30 by the pathologist hired by the family, Dr. Bennet Omalu, who defended his work. Fox News, "Independent autopsy of Stephon Clark was 'erroneous,' coroner says," 2 May 2018 The department released hours of body camera footage, and an autopsy was reviewed by four forensic pathologists before its release less than two months after the shooting. Nicole Santa Cruz,, "In the aftermath of a police shooting, families feel left in the dark with more questions than answers," 24 June 2018 The autopsy, performed by pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, found that eight of the 20 shots fired at Clark hit him. Monique Judge, The Root, "#StephonClark: Independent Autopsy Shows Police Shot Him 8 Times, 6 in the Back," 30 Mar. 2018 The doctor may take it out, may have to send it to the pathologist for a frozen section. Fox News, "SXSW: Scientists tout 'pen' technology that detects cancer in 20 seconds," 12 Mar. 2018 According to The Guardian, pathologist Debbie Cook said Cooper had enough fentanyl in her blood to kill an adult. Josh Magness, kansascity, "'I’ve killed my baby, haven’t I?' Mom's painkiller patch left her 15-month-old dead," 28 June 2018 Forensic pathologists in Kansas who examined the body of the late Adrian Lamo, the hacker who famously turned in Chelsea Manning to military authorities back in 2010, have been unable to figure out what led to his death. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "How did hacker Adrian Lamo die? Medical examiner couldn’t figure it out," 9 June 2018 Jarrett’s father was a pathologist and geneticist, while her mother is an early childhood education expert. Solomon Jones,, "With black women in power, Roseanne's show never stood a chance. Thank God | Solomon Jones," 29 May 2018 In a private autopsy commissioned by Clark's family, prominent pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu announced that Clark was hit by eight bullets — six in the back, one in the neck and one in the thigh — and took three to 10 minutes to die. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Neighbors outraged after NYC police fatally shoot man carrying metal pipe in Brooklyn," 5 Apr. 2018

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1650, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pathologist

medical : a doctor who specializes in pathology; especially : a doctor who examines bodies to find out the cause of death


pa·thol·o·gist | \pə-ˈthäl-ə-jəst, pa- \

Medical Definition of pathologist 

: a specialist in pathology specifically : a physician who interprets and diagnoses the changes caused by disease in tissues and body fluids

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