An official whose duty it is to investigate sudden, suspicious, or violent death to determine the cause; in some communities, the office has been replaced by that of medical examiner. [L. corona, a crown]

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cor·o·ner 'kȯr-ə-nər, 'kär- n a usu. elected public officer who is typically not required to have specific medical qualifications and whose principal duty is to inquire by an inquest into the cause of any death which there is reason to suppose is not due to natural causes see medical examiner (1)

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the official who presides at an inquest. He must be either a medical practitioner or a lawyer of at least five years' standing.

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cor·o·ner (korґə-nər) a public official, elected or appointed, who holds inquests in regard to violent, sudden, or unexplained deaths within a given jurisdiction. Coroners are not necessarily trained physicians. Cf. medical examiner.

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