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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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  • They had taken a cadaver from the refrigerator and stood it in a certain position.

    The White Desert

    Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • Cremate the cadaver together with the board upon which it is fixed.

  • "Stand to one side and hold the cadaver's chin, Brion," she said.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • She had caught a rat, killed it, and laid the cadaver in the door.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • Reminded you, perhaps, of the faint odor of a cadaver far off?

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner
  • This had to be done before the cadaver was a cadaver, you see?

    The Eyes Have It James McKimmey
  • I got up and looked at his cadaver a long time, then went to bed again.

    Twelve Men Theodore Dreiser
  • For what seemed to Mary an interminable time, the cadaver clung to the polished steel.

    Pandemic Jesse Franklin Bone
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."

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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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