staff of Asclepius

noun phrase
staff of As·​cle·​pi·​us | \ -ˌa-ˈsklē-pē-əs How to pronounce staff of Asclepius (audio) \
variants: or staff of Aesculapius \ -​ˌe-​skyə-​ˈlā-​pē-​əs How to pronounce staff of Aesculapius (audio) \

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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“Staff of Asclepius.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/staff%20of%20Asclepius. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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staff of Asclepius

noun
staff of As·​cle·​pi·​us | \ -ˌa-ˈsklē-pē-əs How to pronounce staff of Asclepius (audio) \
variants: or staff of Aesculapius \ -​ˌes-​kyə-​ˈlā-​pē-​əs How to pronounce staff of Aesculapius (audio) \

Medical 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 a

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