The definition of an inquest is an investigation or inquiry into something, especially a court inquiry into the cause of death.(noun)
When an autopsy is performed to determine the cause of death and law enforcement investigates to determine if a homicide occurred, this is an example of an inquest.
See inquest in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME enqueste < OFr < VL *inquaesita, fem. pp. of *inquaerere: see inquire
See inquest in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English enqueste
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *inquaesīta, thing inquired into
Origin: , alteration of Latin inquīsīta
Origin: , feminine past participle of inquīrere, to inquire into; see inquire.
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