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  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

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See body.
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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

British Dictionary definitions for cadaver


  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 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


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