A coroner is a scientist with a grim specialty: a coroner studies dead bodies and figures out the cause of death.

If you've ever watched a TV show or movie about crime, chances are you've seen a character who was a coroner. If someone dies of a heart attack, there's not much need for a coroner, because everyone knows how they died. When the circumstances are unclear or suspicious, a coroner is needed. Coroners are very helpful in solving crimes.

Definitions of coroner

n a public official who investigates by inquest any death not due to natural causes

medical examiner
Type of:
someone who investigates

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