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.
Origin of inquest
- Middle English enqueste from Old French from Vulgar Latin inquaesīta thing inquired into alteration of Latin inquīsīta feminine past participle of inquīrere to inquire into inquire
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French enqueste (Modern French enquête), from Vulgar Latin inquirere, or from Medieval Latin inquesta < in + Latin quaesita.