Definition of forensic medicine in US English:

forensic medicine


  • The application of medical knowledge to the investigation of crime, particularly in establishing the causes of injury or death.

    • ‘However, the history of forensic medicine and the postmortem examination actually dates back to antiquity, when bodies were most often examined to determine if death occurred as a result of suicide or homicide.’
    • ‘The problem of determining the cause of sudden or accidental death is one of the most important functions of forensic medicine, the application of medical knowledge to the service of the law and the administration of justice.’
    • ‘The speakers, who included experts in legal matters, psychiatry, forensic medicine, writers and women activities, also called for a societal support against oppression of women.’
    • ‘While swordplay done in earnest is now a thing of the past, a wealth of information regarding stab wounds to the heart has been accumulated in recent times by the practitioners of modern forensic medicine.’
    • ‘Forensic accounting is often regarded in the same way as forensic medicine, a resource only called upon when the patient has expired.’
    • ‘While he is now a rather large footnote in the annals of forensic medicine, the question remains: How different was he from the rest of the profession?’
    • ‘From these dark beginnings forensic medicine has developed into a large specialty with several subspecialties.’
    • ‘The high level of polymorphism of microsatellites has been used for a variety of purposes such as positional cloning of genes associated with diseases, forensic medicine, and phylogenetic studies.’
    • ‘It is expected to be the biggest postmortem examination exercise in the history of forensic medicine.’
    • ‘Unfulfilled in his adopted career as a general practitioner, he developed interests in forensic medicine and medicolegal work.’
    • ‘The research is being led by Dr John Oliver, a senior lecturer in forensic toxicology at the university's department of forensic medicine.’
    • ‘He worked in general practice, on the wards of the public hospital, and as a district medical officer, before postgraduate training in pathology - including microbiology and forensic medicine - in Leeds and Edinburgh.’
    • ‘In paragraph 1 he gives details of his experience in forensic medicine and pathology.’
    • ‘Gentlemen, you are about to enter the most fascinating sphere of police work, the world of forensic medicine.’
    • ‘The art of clinical forensic medicine is based on knowledge and experience.’
    • ‘Doctors identified skeletal modifications with various occupations or habitual activity patterns, features that have been refined by modern industrial, sports and forensic medicine.’
    • ‘Without the reintroduction of formal training in forensic medicine for medical students these are problems that are going to continue increasing.’
    • ‘One article addresses, in light of the increasing violence of society, forensic medicine.’
    • ‘Pounder, 53, a professor of forensic medicine at Dundee since 1987, has undertaken many similar assignments for governmental and non-governmental organisations around the world.’
    • ‘Scientists and historians have set to work to establish the true face of one of the founding fathers of the US with all the imaging technologies and forensic medicine at their disposal.’


forensic medicine

/fəˈrensik ˈmedəsən/