the application of medical knowledge to questions of civil and criminal law, especially in court proceedings.
Origin of forensic medicine
First recorded in 1835–45
Also called forensic jurisprudence, legal medicine, medical jurisprudence.
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British Dictionary definitions for forensic medicine
the applied use of medical knowledge or practice, esp pathology, to the purposes of the law, as in determining the cause of deathAlso called: medical jurisprudence, legal medicine
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Medicine definitions for forensic medicine
The branch of medicine that interprets or establishes the medical facts in civil or criminal law cases.legal medicine medical jurisprudence
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Science definitions for forensic medicine
[ fə-rĕn′sĭk ]
The branch of medicine that interprets or establishes the medical facts in civil or criminal law cases.
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