ca·​dav·​er kə-ˈda-vər How to pronounce cadaver (audio)
: a dead body
especially : one intended for dissection
kə-ˈdav-rik How to pronounce cadaver (audio)

Examples of cadaver in a Sentence

medical students who train by using cadavers
Recent Examples on the Web That day, three cadaver dogs reacted to something in the same area. Emily Wichick Hourihane and Judy Rybak, CBS News, 10 May 2024 The well also contained a fourth cadaver that had been there much longer. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 6 May 2024 The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock has said that’s where the medical school sent remains of cadavers that had been donated for medical students to examine. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 26 Apr. 2024 Agents reportedly were using a cadaver dog to search the subdivision and a Courier Journal photographer saw investigators using a jackhammer on the driveway of a home. Rachel Smith, The Courier-Journal, 24 Apr. 2024 Take, for instance, those cadaver dogs alerting to the utility vehicle and shovel. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 13 Apr. 2024 Law enforcement efforts to find Jaylen included searching various locations, such as homes and fields, and involved the use of cadaver dogs, different technologies and coordinated grid searches in and outside of Buffalo, according to Gramaglia. Julia Marnin, Miami Herald, 16 Apr. 2024 Police seized his vehicle and, according to a search warrant, cadaver dogs alerted to a scent in the vehicle and on the shovel. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 13 Apr. 2024 In 2022, the Nome Police Department conducted a search using cadaver dogs. Dateline Nbc, NBC News, 6 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Latin, from cadere to fall

First Known Use

circa 1500, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cadaver was circa 1500

Dictionary Entries Near cadaver

Cite this Entry

“Cadaver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


ca·​dav·​er kə-ˈdav-ər How to pronounce cadaver (audio)
: a dead body especially of a person : corpse

Medical Definition


ca·​dav·​er kə-ˈdav-ər How to pronounce cadaver (audio)
plural cadavers also cadavera -ə-rə How to pronounce cadaver (audio)
: a dead body
specifically : one intended for use in medical education or research
cadaveric adjective

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