ca·dav·er | \kə-ˈda-vər \

Definition of cadaver 

: a dead body especially : one intended for dissection

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Other Words from cadaver

cadaveric \-ˈdav-rik, -ˈda-və- \ adjective

Examples of cadaver in a Sentence

medical students who train by using cadavers

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For the first time, Orlando Fire Department paramedics are using human cadavers to practice some of their advanced skills. Naseem S. Miller,, "Orlando paramedics use cadavers to practice skills," 6 June 2018 According to the New York Times, sick animals and cadavers can spread prions through plants and soil, which could be coated with deformed proteins for years, perhaps even decades. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Scientists worry brain-wasting ‘zombie deer’ disease could spread to humans," 25 May 2018 Sadly, the number of kidney failures in this country is increasing dramatically, but available cadaver and living donors are not keeping pace. Hilary Decent, Naperville Sun, "Decent: Can anyone spare a kidney?," 25 May 2018 The Vienna show winds down, as her career did, with cadavers. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Faces of Old Vienna," 12 July 2018 Salzberg’s team used data from the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) project, which sequenced RNA from more than 30 different tissues taken from several hundred cadavers. Cassandra Willyard, Scientific American, "New Human Gene Tally Reignites Debate," 19 June 2018 The assassin bug wears its victims' corpses on its back, where the cadavers act as both shield and camouflage. National Geographic, "Meet the Bug That Armors Itself With Shells," 23 June 2018 The Orlando Fire Department isn’t the first to use cadavers for training. Naseem S. Miller,, "Orlando paramedics use cadavers to practice skills," 6 June 2018 In the end, Grosse Pointe Park businessman Art Rathburn, a one-time prominent cadaver expert who built a $13-million empire cutting up bodies with chainsaws and renting their parts to medical researchers, got nine years in prison for fraud. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Pointe cadaver dealer gets 9 years prison in body parts case," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of cadaver

circa 1500, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cadaver

Latin, from cadere to fall

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The first known use of cadaver was circa 1500

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English Language Learners Definition of cadaver

: a dead body


ca·dav·er | \kə-ˈda-vər \

Kids Definition of cadaver

: corpse


ca·dav·er | \kə-ˈdav-ər \
plural cadavers also cadavera\-ə-rə \

Medical Definition of cadaver 

: a dead body specifically : one intended for use in medical education or research

Other Words from cadaver

cadaveric \-(ə-)rik \ adjective

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