ca·​dav·​er | \ kə-ˈda-vər How to pronounce cadaver (audio) \

Definition of cadaver

: a dead body especially : one intended for dissection

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cadaveric \ kə-​ˈdav-​rik How to pronounce cadaver (audio) , -​ˈda-​və-​ \ adjective

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Examples of cadaver in a Sentence

medical students who train by using cadavers
Recent Examples on the Web Federal agents reportedly were using a cadaver dog to search the subdivision. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 24 Aug. 2021 Darwin, in particular, is from a family of detection dogs, one of which is a cadaver dog with the New York City Police Department. Abigail Adams,, 24 Aug. 2021 Emergency officials with cadaver dogs were on site Thursday, McArthur said. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 21 Aug. 2021 Initially, doctors removed three-quarters of Varano’s femur and replaced it with a cadaver bone. Lori Riley,, 11 July 2021 Now, behind glass, between the cadaver lab and a bookstore, a segment of intestine and a piece of a spinal cord sit in stillness. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 25 Mar. 2021 But three cadaver-sniffing dogs have also been brought in. Time, 29 June 2021 First, there are dogs trained to pick up the scent of live bodies, but as the operation shifts to a recovery operation, cadaver-sniffing dogs take the field. Mae Anderson,, 25 June 2021 At Georgetown University Medical School, Grillo was alphabetized next to Jeff Gaurdino in the cadaver lab. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2021

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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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28 Aug 2021

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“Cadaver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cadaver

: a dead body : corpse


ca·​dav·​er | \ kə-ˈda-vər How to pronounce cadaver (audio) \

Kids Definition of cadaver

: corpse


ca·​dav·​er | \ kə-ˈdav-ər How to pronounce cadaver (audio) \
plural cadavers also cadavera\ -​ə-​rə How to pronounce cadaver (audio) \

Medical Definition of cadaver

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

Other Words from cadaver

cadaveric \ -​(ə-​)rik How to pronounce cadaver (audio) \ adjective

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