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caduceus

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noun ca·du·ceus \kə-ˈdü-sē-əs, -ˈdyü-, -shəs\

Definition of caduceus

plural ca·du·ceiplay \-sē-ˌī\

  1. 1 :  the symbolic staff of a herald; specifically :  a representation of a staff with two entwined snakes and two wings at the top

  2. 2 :  an insignia bearing a caduceus and symbolizing a physician



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Origin of caduceus

Latin, modification of Greek karykeion, from karyx, kēryx herald; akin to Sanskrit kāru singer


First Known Use: 1577


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caduceus

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noun ca·du·ceus \kə-ˈd(y)ü-sē-əs, -shəs\

Medical Definition of caduceus

plural ca·du·cei \-sē-ˌī\play

  1. :  a medical insignia bearing a representation of a staff with two entwined snakes and two wings at the top:a:  one of the symbols of a physician—compare staff of aesculapiusb:  the emblem of a medical corps or a department of the armed services (as of the United States Army)



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