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codex

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noun co·dex \ˈkō-ˌdeks\

Definition of codex

plural

codices

play \ˈkō-də-ˌsēz, ˈkä-\
  1. :  a manuscript book especially of Scripture, classics, or ancient annals



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In the 3rd and 4th centuries A.D., the codex began to replace the older scroll as the preferred form for longer writings. Unlike the scroll, this wonderful invention permitted writing on both sides of a sheet, made it easy to locate a particular passage, and could contain a very long piece of writing. Codices (note this unusual plural form) were usually written on parchment, the specially prepared skin of a sheep or goat, or papyrus, the ancestor of paper. Because codices were handwritten, there were few copies of any single codex, and sometimes only a single copy. Today we no longer write our books in longhand, but the modern book has kept basically the same form as the original codices.

Origin and Etymology of codex

Latin — more at code


First Known Use: circa 1665


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codex

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noun co·dex \ˈkō-ˌdeks\

Medical Definition of codex

plural

codices

\ˈkōd-ə-ˌsēz, ˈkäd-\play play
  1. :  an official or standard collection of drug formulas and descriptions <a codex similar to the British Pharmaceutical Codex>




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