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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a public official who investigates by inquest any death not due to natural causes;
[syn: coroner, medical examiner]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Coroner \Cor"o*ner\ (k?r"?-n?r), n. [From OE. coronen to crown, OF. coroner, fr. L. coronare, fr. corona crown. Formed as a translation of LL. coronator coroner, fr. L. corona crown, the coroner having been originally a prosecuting officer of the crown. See Crown.] An officer of the peace whose principal duty is to inquire, with the help of a jury, into the cause of any violent, sudden or mysterious death, or death in prison, usually on sight of the body and at the place where the death occurred. [In England formerly also written and pronounced crowner.] [1913 Webster] Note: In some of the United States the office of coroner is abolished, that of medical examiner taking its place. [1913 Webster] Coroner's inquest. See under Inquest. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

coroner n 1: a public official who investigates by inquest any death not due to natural causes [syn: coroner, medical examiner]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

32 Moby Thesaurus words for "coroner": Doctor of Medicine, GP, MD, allopath, allopathist, attending physician, autopsy, country doctor, croaker, doc, doctor, family doctor, general practitioner, house physician, inquest, intern, leech, medical attendant, medical examiner, medical man, medical practitioner, medico, mortality committee, necropsy, necroscopy, physician, physician in ordinary, postmortem, postmortem examination, resident, resident physician, sawbones
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

CORONER. An officer whose principal duty it is to hold an inquisition, with the assistance of a jury, over the body of any person who may have come to a violent death, or who has died in prison. It is his duty also, in case of the death of the sheriff, or when a vacancy happens in that office, to serve all the writs and process which the sheriff is usually bound to serve. The chief justice of the King's Bench is the sovereign or chief coroner of all England, although it is not to be understood that he performs the active duties of that office in any one count. 4 Rep. 57, b. Vide Bac. Ab. h.t.; 6 Vin. Ab.242; 3 Com. Dig. 242; 5 Com. Dig. 212; and the articles Death; Inquisition. 2. The duties of the coroner are of the greatest consequence to society, both for the purpose of bringing to punishment murderers and other offenders against the lives of the citizens, and of protecting innocent persons from criminal accusations. His office, it is to be regretted, is regarded with too much indifference. This officer should be properly acquainted with the medical and legal knowledge so absolutely indispensable in the faithful discharge of his office. It not unfrequently happens that the public mind is deeply impressed with the guilt of the accused, and when probably he is guilty, and yet the imperfections of the early examinations leave no alternative to the jury but to acquit. It is proper in most cases to procure the examination to be made by a physician, and in some cases, it is his duty. 4 Car. & P. 571.