medical examiner

medical examiner
noun
a public official who investigates by inquest any death not due to natural causes
Syn: ↑coroner
Hypernyms: ↑investigator

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noun
1. : a usually appointed public officer who must be a person trained in medicine and whose functions are to make postmortem examinations of the bodies of persons dead by violence or suicide or under circumstances suggesting crime, to investigate the cause of their deaths, to conduct autopsies, and sometimes to initiate inquests — compare coroner
2. : a physician employed to make medical examinations (as of applicants for military service or for life insurance or of claimants of workmen's 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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1. a physician or other person trained in medicine who is appointed by a city, county, or the like, to perform autopsies on the bodies of persons supposed to have died from unnatural causes and to investigate the cause and circumstances of such deaths.
2. a physician retained by an insurance company, industrial firm, or the like, to give medical examinations to its clients or employees.
[1840-50]

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medical examiner,
1. an official, especially a doctor or coroner, appointed by a local government to examine the bodies of persons who died by suicide, murder, or otherwise violently, perform autopsies, and attempt to determine the circumstances of death.
2. a doctor who is in charge of examining persons applying for accident insurance, workmen's compensation, and the like: »

Medical examiners can and should…consider the kind and location of the applicant's cancer (Science News Letter).

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noun, pl ⋯ -ers [count]
US : a public official who examines the bodies of dead people to find the cause of death

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ˌmedical eˈxaminer [medical examiner] noun (abbr. ME) (NAmE)
a doctor whose job is to examine a dead body in order to find out the cause of death

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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