[ kuh-dav-er ]
/ kəˈdæv ər /


a dead body, especially a human body to be dissected; corpse.

Nearby words

  1. cad/cam,
  2. cadaga,
  3. cadaster,
  4. cadastral,
  5. cadastre,
  6. cadaverine,
  7. cadaverous,
  8. cadbury,
  9. cadcam,
  10. caddice

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

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British Dictionary definitions for cadaveric


/ (kəˈdeɪvə, -ˈdɑːv-) /


med a corpse
Derived Formscadaveric, adjective

Word Origin for cadaver

C16: from Latin, from cadere to fall

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Word Origin and History for cadaveric



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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Medicine definitions for cadaveric


[ kə-dăvər ]


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

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