Adoption of commonly used words as synonyms for more precise terminology accepted for use within a profession leads to confusion when two or more professions employ the same word with different connotations. Thus, cause of death implies to the physician the etiology of the condition responsible for the terminal morbid process. In this respect, the physician considers the cause of death as the ultimate result of interaction of several conditions rather than a single entity.
S. R. Gerber, Causation in Death after Trauma with Pre-Existing Cardiac Disease, 15 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 461 (1966)