cadaver

noun

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

Example Sentences

medical students who train by using cadavers
Recent Examples on the Web Police cadaver dog picked up the scent of human decomposition in the car, and an air sample confirmed that there were once human remains in Casey's trunk. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 19 Nov. 2022 Although cadaver dogs alerted to possible human remains on Thursday, none had been found more than 24 hours after technicians with the San Mateo County Crime Lab began excavating the car, DeGolia said. CBS News, 24 Oct. 2022 Last week, two cadaver dogs reportedly detected the scent of human remains across four different sites on the property, according to a Newsweek report. Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 28 Oct. 2022 Aistrope told the newspaper that two cadaver dogs visited the 5-acre site on Oct. 21 and found the possible existence of decomposing remains in an area around a well on the property. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 26 Oct. 2022 Although cadaver dogs alerted to possible human remains Thursday, none had been found more than 24 hours after technicians with the San Mateo County Crime Lab began excavating the car, DeGolia said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 Oct. 2022 Although cadaver dogs alerted to possible human remains on Thursday, none had been found more than 24 hours after technicians with the San Mateo County Crime Lab began excavating the car, DeGolia said. CBS News, 24 Oct. 2022 Dozens of members of Virginia Task Force 2, one of the urban search and rescue teams deployed to Florida, dug through the debris Tuesday as three cadaver dogs detected a possible human scent. Danielle Paquette And Meryl Kornfield, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Oct. 2022 Although cadaver dogs alerted to possible human remains on Thursday, none had been found more than 24 hours after technicians with the San Mateo County Crime Lab began excavating the car, DeGolia said. CBS News, 24 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

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Cite this Entry

“Cadaver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cadaver. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

cadaver

noun

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

Medical Definition

cadaver

noun

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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