cadaver

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noun ca·dav·er \kə-ˈda-vər\

Definition of cadaver

  1. :  a dead body; especially :  one intended for dissection

cadaveric

play \-ˈdav-rik, -ˈda-və-\ adjective

Examples of cadaver in a sentence

  1. <medical students who train by using cadavers>

Did You Know?

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


CADAVER Defined for English Language Learners

cadaver

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noun ca·dav·er \kə-ˈda-vər\

Definition of cadaver for English Language Learners

  • : a dead body


CADAVER Defined for Kids

cadaver

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noun ca·dav·er \kə-ˈda-vər\

Definition of cadaver for Students

  1. :  corpse


Medical Dictionary

cadaver

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noun ca·dav·er \kə-ˈdav-ər\

Medical Definition of cadaver

plural

cadavers

also

cadavera

\-ə-rə\play
  1. :  a dead body; specifically :  one intended for use in medical education or research

cadaveric

\-(ə-)rik\play adjective


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