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cor·o·ner

 (kôr′ə-nər, kŏr′-)
n.
A public officer whose primary function is to investigate any death thought to be of other than natural causes.

[Middle English, officer of the crown, from Anglo-Norman corouner, from coroune, crown, from Latin corōna; see crown.]

cor′o·ner·ship′ n.
Word History: Coroner comes from Anglo-Norman corouner, a word derived from coroune, "crown." Corouner was the term used for the royal judicial officer who was called in Latin custos placitorum coronae, or "guardian of the crown's pleas." The person holding the office of coroner, a position dating from the 12th century, was charged with keeping local records of legal proceedings in which the crown had jurisdiction. He helped raise money for the crown by funneling the property of executed criminals into the king's treasury. The coroner also investigated any suspicious deaths among the Normans, who as the ruling class wanted to be sure that their deaths were not taken lightly. At one time in England all criminal proceedings were included in the coroner's responsibilities. Over the years these responsibilities decreased markedly. In the United States, although there is no longer any crown, a coroner's main duty is the investigation of any sudden, violent, or unexpected death.

coroner

(ˈkɒrənə)
n
(Law) 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
[C14: from Anglo-French corouner officer in charge of the pleas of the Crown, from Old French corone crown]
ˈcoronerˌship n

cor•o•ner

(ˈkɔr ə nər, ˈkɒr-)

n.
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.
[1225–75; Middle English < Anglo-French corouner supervisor of the Crown's pleas =coroune crown + -er -er2]
cor′o•ner•ship`, n.

coroner

A public official who holds an inquest to investigate any sudden or suspicious death.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coroner - a public official who investigates by inquest any death not due to natural causescoroner - a public official who investigates by inquest any death not due to natural causes
investigator - someone who investigates
Translations
ضابِط قَضائي
ohledávač mrtvol
embedslægeretsmediciner
halottkém
dánardómstjóri
koroneris
kriminālmeklētājs
ohliadač
adlî tıp görevlisi

coroner

[ˈkɒrənəʳ] Njuez mf de instrucción

coroner

[ˈkɒrənər] ncoroner m

coroner

[ˈkɒrənəʳ] ncoroner m inv (pubblico ufficiale che indaga casi di morte sospetta)

coroner

(ˈkorənə) noun
an official who inquires into the causes of accidental or sudden, unexpected deaths.

cor·o·ner

n. médico-a forense, investigador de causas de muerte no naturales.

coroner

n forense mf, médico -ca mf forense, médico -ca mf legista (esp. Mex), oficial mf encargado de investigar casos de muerte
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