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 cadaveric (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 Amid the ruins, cadaver dogs still search for the missing. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, "Smoke from western wildfires pollutes air and threatens health of residents," 16 Sep. 2020 Germany has confirmed the first case of African swine fever on its territory, after a wild boar cadaver found in the eastern state of Brandenburg tested positive, the country's agriculture minister said Thursday. Frank Jordans, Star Tribune, "Germany confirms 1st case of swine fever on its territory," 10 Sep. 2020 Plus, a cadaver attracts a horde of opportunistic critters that further complicate the dynamics at play. Matt Simon, Wired, "Could a Tree Help Find a Decaying Corpse Nearby?," 3 Sep. 2020 Divers, helicopters, drone aircraft and cadaver dogs have been trying to find Rivera for five days. Los Angeles Times, oregonlive, "Naya Rivera search effort continues Sunday at lake," 12 July 2020 About 50 searchers and seven cadaver-detecting dogs were employed. oregonlive, "Kyron Horman, missing 10 years: A timeline," 4 June 2020 And that police cadaver dog, Molly, would deliver some stunning results. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Solving the mystery behind the disappearance of Kelly Dwyer," 16 May 2020 The absence of this harm means the cadavers had additional protection from the surges. National Geographic, "Vesuvius eruption baked some people to death—and turned one brain to glass," 23 Jan. 2020 Her body was discovered by cadaver dogs on Dec. 3, 2018, covered in plastic bags and about 200 yards away from the Airbnb. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Man convicted of killing Florida woman at Costa Rica Airbnb sentenced to 16 years," 18 Feb. 2020

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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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20 Sep 2020

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“Cadaver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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) \

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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

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

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