|See also procurator fiscal Compare medical examiner a public official responsible for the investigation of violent, sudden, or suspicious deaths and inquiries into treasure trove. The investigation (coroner's inquest) is held in the presence of a jury (coroner's jury)|
|[C14: from Anglo-French corouner officer in charge of the pleas of the Crown, from Old French corone|
coroner cor·o·ner (kôr'ə-nər)
A public officer whose primary function is to investigate by inquest any death thought to be of other than natural causes.