staff of Asclepius

noun phrase
staff of As·cle·pi·us | \-ˌa-ˈsklē-pē-əs \
variants: or staff of Aesculapius \-ˌe-skyə-ˈlā-pē-əs \

Definition of staff of Asclepius 

: a conventionalized representation of a staff branched at the top with a single snake twined around it that is used as a symbol of medicine and as the official insignia of the American Medical Association

called also rod of Asclepius, rod of Aesculapius

— compare caduceus sense 2a

First Known Use of staff of Asclepius

1814, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for staff of Asclepius

after Aesculapius, Greco-Roman god of medicine, from Latin, from Greek Asklēpios

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