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
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
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Definition of cadaver for English Language Learners
: a dead body
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