Coroner meaning

kôr'ə-nər, kŏr'-
A public officer whose primary function is to investigate any death thought to be of other than natural causes.
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A public officer who determines by inquest, sometimes with a jury, the causes of any deaths not obviously due to natural causes.
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A public officer whose primary function is to investigate any death thought to be of other than natural causes.
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A public official whose primary duty is to investigate the cause and circumstances of any deaths within his or her jurisdiction that were clearly not due to natural causes.
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A public official who presides over an inquest into unnatural deaths.
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(Canada, US) A medical doctor who performs autopsies and determines time and cause of death from a scientific standpoint.
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Origin of coroner

  • Middle English officer of the crown from Anglo-Norman corouner from coroune crown from Latin corōna crown
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Anglo-Norman curuner, from Medieval Latin custos placitorum coronae (“guardian of the crown's pleas”). The function was originally to protect royal properties.
    From Wiktionary