rod of Asclepius

noun phrase
variants: or rod of Aesculapius
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of rod of Asclepius

First Known Use of rod of asclepius

1902


staff of Asclepius

noun phrase staff of As·cle·pi·us \ -ˌa-ˈsklē-pē-əs \
variants: or staff of Aesculapius play \-ˌe-skyə-ˈlā-pē-əs\

Definition of staff of Asclepius

: a conventionalized representation of a staff branched at the top with a single snake twined around it that is used as a symbol of medicine and as the official insignia of the American Medical Association — called also rod of Asclepius, rod of Aesculapius — compare caduceus 2a

Origin and Etymology of staff of asclepius

after Aesculapius, Greco-Roman god of medicine, from Latin, from Greek Asklēpios


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