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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Other Words from cadaver

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

Synonyms for cadaver


bones, carcass, corpse, corpus, corse [archaic], relics, remains, stiff

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Examples of cadaver in a Sentence

medical students who train by using cadavers

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Three cadaver scenting dogs from Bay Area Recovery Canines in Annapolis, who usually work at disaster sites to find people buried in rubble, were brought to the site. Washington Post, "Belvoir gravesite could be slaves’ last resting place," 10 Mar. 2018 The eviscerator, or technician, removes the organs, the other – the cadaver – is eviscerated. Good Housekeeping, "This Is What It's Really Like Being a Mortician," 26 June 2017 Only a handful of people were on my street, mainly searchers in white Tyvek suits, prodding among the wreckage aided by cadaver dogs. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.," 17 Nov. 2018 Over the years, the Allen Institute has used mice and the brains of cadavers to create atlases of where various genes are expressed in the brain. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 Days later, officers returned with a search warrant and cadaver dogs, and made the gruesome discovery. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Headless torso discovered in home fish tank confirmed as missing California bartender," 28 Sep. 2018 Up to 10% of the cadavers that arrive are never claimed. David Luhnow, WSJ, "Latin America Is the Murder Capital of the World," 20 Sep. 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cadaver

formal : a dead body


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 cadavera (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 cadaveric (audio) \ adjective

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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