cadaver

noun
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

Synonyms for cadaver

Synonyms

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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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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "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

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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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cadaver

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cadaver

: a dead body

cadaver

noun
ca·​dav·​er | \kə-ˈda-vər \

Kids Definition of cadaver

: corpse

cadaver

noun
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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