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medical examiner

noun
1.
a physician or other person trained in medicine who is appointed by a city, county, or the like, to perform autopsies on the bodies of persons supposed to have died from unnatural causes and to investigate the cause and circumstances of such deaths.
2.
a physician retained by an insurance company, industrial firm, or the like, to give medical examinations to its clients or employees.
Origin of medical examiner
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50
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  • One medical examiner for men and one medical examinerfor women.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • "I'm not the medical examiner, Dennison; I'm not obliged to say what I think about it," he returned.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • "Some ten minutes, I should say," returned the medical examiner.

  • I was wiser this time, and told their medical examiner nothing I could help.

    Johnstone of the Border Harold Bindloss
  • Give me an application blank and round up a medical examiner.

    The Best Policy Elliott Flower
British Dictionary definitions for medical examiner

medical examiner

noun
1.
(mainly US) a medical expert, usually a physician, employed by a state or local government to determine the cause of sudden death in cases of suspected violence, suicide, etc Compare coroner
2.
a physician who carries out medical examinations
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medical examiner in Medicine

medical examiner n.
Abbr. ME

  1. A physician officially authorized by a governmental unit to ascertain causes of deaths, especially those not occurring under natural circumstances.

  2. A physician who examines employees of a particular firm or applicants for life insurance.

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