- a dead body, especially a human body to be dissected; corpse.
Origin of cadaver
Examples from the Web for cadaveric
Constantly I have recognised the effects of cadaveric imbibition.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
There may be a loss of odor or they may have a cadaveric smell.
Well, you'll say all that might possibly be fallacious; but what will you say to the cadaveric stiffness?J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 3
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
It was only contagious, he thought, in bad cases, when the stools have a cadaveric odor.
This is the Burying-beetle, the Necrophorus, so different from the cadaveric mob in dress and habits.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
- med a corpse
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."
- A dead body, especially one intended for dissection.