Definition of cadaver
: a dead body; especially : one intended for dissection
cadavericplay \-ˈdav-rik, -ˈda-və-\ adjective
Examples of cadaver in a Sentence
medical students who train by using cadavers
Recent Examples of cadaver from the Web
Researchers who studied the brains of cadavers from people who suffered from both RBD and a brain disease found damage to the neurons in the brain stem.
The next day deputies returned to the park where Andressian was found to conduct a large-scale search with cadaver dogs, horses and a drone.
The dead leg keeps up for a while, that is, until the ligaments and bones of the cadaver can no longer turn.
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Since a corpse is a body that has "fallen down dead", the root cad- seems at home here. For most of us, cadaver has an impersonal sound, and indeed the word is often used for a body whose identity isn't important: most medical students probably don't spend much time wondering who they're dissecting. Someone with cadaverous features looks like a corpse before he or she is dead.
Origin and Etymology of cadaver
Latin, from cadere to fall
First Known Use: circa 1500
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Definition of cadaver for English Language Learners
: a dead body
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