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cadaverous

[kuh-dav-er-uh s]
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adjective
  1. of or like a corpse.
  2. pale; ghastly.
  3. haggard and thin.

Origin of cadaverous

First recorded in 1620–30, cadaverous is from the Latin word cadāverōsus like a corpse. See cadaver, -ous
Related formsca·dav·er·ous·ly, adverbca·dav·er·ous·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cadaverousness

cadaverous

adjective
  1. of or like a corpse, esp in being deathly pale; ghastly
  2. thin and haggard; gaunt
Derived Formscadaverously, adverbcadaverousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cadaverousness

cadaverous

adj.

"looking like a corpse," early 15c., from Latin cadaverosus "corpse-like," from cadaver (see cadaver). Related: Cadaverously; cadaverousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cadaverousness in Medicine

cadaverous

(kə-dăvər-əs)
adj.
  1. Suggestive of death; corpselike.
  2. Having a corpselike pallor.
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