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[kuh-dav-er] /kəˈdæv ər/
a dead body, especially a human body to be dissected; corpse.
Origin of cadaver
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin cadāver dead body, corpse; akin to cadere to fall, perish (see decay, chance)
Related forms
cadaveric, adjective
Synonym Study
See body. Unabridged
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  • For what seemed to Mary an interminable time, the cadaver clung to the polished steel.

    Pandemic Jesse Franklin Bone
  • Cremate the cadaver together with the board upon which it is fixed.

  • Some other Universities had to be content with the cadaver of a single criminal per annum for the whole body of students.

  • She had caught a rat, killed it, and laid the cadaver in the door.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • They had taken a cadaver from the refrigerator and stood it in a certain position.

    The White Desert Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • I got up and looked at his cadaver a long time, then went to bed again.

    Twelve Men Theodore Dreiser
  • He is handed a case to experiment on, just as a medical student is handed a cadaver to dissect.

  • The most unnatural and quite the most despicable being the throwing into the Tiber by Cæsar Borgia the cadaver of his brother.

    Dumas' Paris Francis Miltoun
British Dictionary definitions for cadaver


/kəˈdeɪvə; -ˈdɑːv-/
(med) a corpse
Derived Forms
cadaveric, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from cadere to fall
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Word Origin and History for cadaver

c.1500, from Latin cadaver "dead body (of men or animals)," probably from a perfective participle of cadere "to fall, sink, settle down, decline, perish" (see case (n.1)). Cf. Greek ptoma "dead body," literally "a fall" (see ptomaine); poetic English the fallen "those who died in battle."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cadaver in Medicine

cadaver ca·dav·er (kə-dāv'ər)
A dead body, especially one intended for dissection.

ca·dav'er·ic (-ər-ĭk) adj.
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