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.
a physician retained by an insurance company, industrial firm, or the like, to give medical examinations to its clients or employees.
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Origin of medical examiner
First recorded in 1840–50
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British Dictionary definitions for medical examiner
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, etcCompare coroner
a physician who carries out medical examinations
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Medicine definitions for medical examiner
A physician officially authorized by a governmental unit to ascertain causes of deaths, especially those not occurring under natural circumstances.
A physician who examines employees of a particular firm or applicants for life insurance.
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