Health and Safety
Office of State Medical Examiners
§ 23-4-1 Definitions.
(a) "Assistant medical examiner" means a duly licensed doctor of medicine or
osteopathy appointed to assist the office of state medical examiners on a
(b) "Autopsy" means the dissection of a dead body and the
removal and examination of bone, tissue, organs, and foreign objects for the
purpose of determining the condition of the body and the cause and the manner
of the death.
(c) "Cause of death" means the agent that has directly or
indirectly resulted in a death.
(d) "Inquest" means an official judicial inquiry before a
medical examiner and/or medical examiners jury for the purpose of determining
the manner of death.
(e) "Manner of death" means the means or fatal agency that
caused a death.
(f) "Postmortem examination" means examination after death
and includes an examination of the dead body and surroundings by an agent of
the office of state medical examiners but does not include dissection of the
body for any purpose.
History of Section.
(P.L. 1973, ch. 169, § 1.)