Clinical laboratories that conduct hematological, cytological, bacteriological, biochemical, toxicological, histological or serological examinations of tissue, fluids and other materials obtained from patients as a means of providing information for the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of disease.
Programs that conduct investigations, inquests, postmortem examinations and laboratory tests to determine the cause, manner and circumstances of death in all cases of natural death when the individual was unattended by a physician, and in all cases of unnatural death (homicides, suicides, accidents or deaths of a suspicious nature). The coronor's office is also responsible for correctly identifying the deceased and for making proper disposition of the remains. Also included are programs that pay for autopsies when required.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.