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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Two cadaver dogs were brought in to ensure no victims were trapped in the rubble. Tara Law, Time, "3 People Dead After Bluff Collapses at Southern California Beach," 3 Aug. 2019 Nearly nine years to the day Memphis police cadaver dogs discovered the decomposed and bullet-riddled corpse of former Memphis Grizzlies center Lorenzen Wright, the player’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright, pleaded guilty to charges connected to the murder. Michael Mccann,, "Revisiting Details of the Lorenzen Wright Case and Questions That Remain," 29 July 2019 Teams have also utilized cadaver dogs and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has conducted aerial searches. Carol Robinson |,, "Search suspended for missing Birmingham teacher after July 4 boat crash," 19 July 2019 On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office brought in cadaver dogs. Jacob Beltran,, "Sheriff’s office urges south Bexar County residents to search properties for missing immigrant," 16 July 2019 The license plate on the vehicle used on that trip had been issued to Mr. Dulos, who is a resident of Farmington, Conn. Connecticut State Police and cadaver dogs spent three weeks searching a Hartford trash plant for clues, to no avail. Neil Vigdor, New York Times, "‘Revenge Suicide Hypothesis’ Offered by Lawyer for Estranged Husband of Missing Woman," 2 July 2019 Police searched Day’s home again with a cadaver dog in April and found his remains, which were positively identified last month. Christine Pelisek,, "Oregon Man Charged With Homicide in Death of Original Mouseketeer Dennis Day," 8 July 2019 Nearly a year later, in April, Phoenix police officers found Day's body inside the home with the help of a cadaver dog. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "A man is arrested in the death of Mouseketeer Dennis Day," 7 July 2019 In 2010, a resident doctor at Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York was asked to remove a Facebook photo showing a former classmate next to a cadaver giving a thumbs up sign. CBS News, "Dental students at Yale took selfie with severed heads: AP," 6 Feb. 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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The first known use of cadaver was circa 1500

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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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a period when something is suspended

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