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coroner

[kawr-uh-ner, kor-] /ˈkɔr ə nər, ˈkɒr-/
noun
1.
an officer, as of a county or municipality, whose chief function is to investigate by inquest, as before a jury, any death not clearly resulting from natural causes.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English < Anglo-French corouner supervisor of the Crown's pleas, equivalent to coroune crown + -er -er2
Related forms
coronership, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for coronership

coroner

/ˈkɒrənə/
noun
1.
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) See also procurator fiscal Compare medical examiner
Derived Forms
coronership, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French corouner officer in charge of the pleas of the Crown, from Old French coronecrown
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Word Origin and History for coronership
coroner
1194, from Anglo-Fr. curuner, from L. custos placitorum coronæ, originally officer with the duty of protecting the property of the royal family, from L. corona "crown." Present duties established by 17c.
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coronership in Medicine

coroner cor·o·ner (kôr'ə-nər)
n.
A public officer whose primary function is to investigate by inquest any death thought to be of other than natural causes.

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