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 for Coroner''s inquest
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inquest \In"quest\, n. [OE. enqueste, OF. enqueste, F.
     enqu[^e]te, LL. inquesta, for inquisita, fr. L. inquisitus,
     p. p. of inquirere. See Inquire.]
     1. Inquiry; quest; search. [R.] --Spenser.
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              The laborious and vexatious inquest that the soul
              must make after science.              --South.
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     2. (Law)
        (a) Judicial inquiry; official examination, esp. before a
            jury; as, a coroner's inquest in case of a sudden
            death.
        (b) A body of men assembled under authority of law to
            inquire into any matter, civil or criminal,
            particularly any case of violent or sudden death; a
            jury, particularly a coroner's jury. The grand jury is
            sometimes called the grand inquest. See under Grand.
        (c) The finding of the jury upon such inquiry.
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     Coroner's inquest, an inquest held by a coroner to
        determine the cause of any violent, sudden, or mysterious
        death. See Coroner.
  
     Inquest of office, an inquiry made, by authority or
        direction of proper officer, into matters affecting the
        rights and interests of the crown or of the state.
        --Craig. Bouvier.
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From 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.]
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     Note: In some of the United States the office of coroner is
           abolished, that of medical examiner taking its place.
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     Coroner's inquest. See under Inquest.
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