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cadaver

[kuh-dav-er]
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noun
  1. a dead body, especially a human body to be dissected; corpse.
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Origin of cadaver

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin cadāver dead body, corpse; akin to cadere to fall, perish (see decay, chance)
Related formsca·dav·er·ic, adjective

Synonym study

See body.
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British Dictionary definitions for cadaveric

cadaver

noun
  1. med a corpse
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Derived Formscadaveric, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin, from cadere to fall
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Word Origin and History for cadaveric

cadaver

n.

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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cadaveric in Medicine

cadaver

(kə-dăvər)
n.
  1. A dead body, especially one intended for dissection.
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Related formsca•daver•ic (-ər-ĭk) adj.
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