staff of Asclepius

noun
variants: or staff of Aesculapius
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

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 2a

Origin and Etymology of staff of asclepius

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


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