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corpse

[kawrps]
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noun
  1. a dead body, usually of a human being.
  2. something no longer useful or viable: rusting corpses of old cars.
  3. Obsolete. a human or animal body, whether alive or dead.

Origin of corpse

1225–75; Middle English corps; orig. spelling variant of cors corse but the p is now sounded
Can be confusedcore corp. corps corpse corpus

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1. remains, cadaver.

Synonym study

1. See body.
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British Dictionary definitions for corpse

corpse

noun
  1. a dead body, esp of a human being; cadaver
verb
  1. theatre slang to laugh or cause to laugh involuntarily or inopportunely while on stage

Word Origin

C14: from Old French corps body, from Latin corpus body
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for corpse

n.

1540s, variant spelling of corps (q.v.). The -p- originally was silent, as in French, and with some speakers still is. The terminal -e was rare before 19c. Corpse-candle is attested from 1690s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

corpse in Medicine

corpse

([object Object])
n.
  1. A dead body, especially the dead body of a human.
  2. A cadaver.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

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