cadaverous

[ kuh-dav-er-uhs ]
/ kəˈdæv ər əs /

adjective

of or like a corpse.
pale; ghastly.
haggard and thin.

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Origin of cadaverous

First recorded in 1620–30, cadaverous is from the Latin word cadāverōsus like a corpse. See cadaver, -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM cadaverous

ca·dav·er·ous·ly, adverbca·dav·er·ous·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for cadaverous

cadaverous
/ (kəˈdævərəs) /

adjective

of or like a corpse, esp in being deathly pale; ghastly
thin and haggard; gaunt

Derived forms of cadaverous

cadaverously, adverbcadaverousness, noun
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Medical definitions for cadaverous

cadaverous
[ kə-dăvər-əs ]

adj.

Suggestive of death; corpselike.
Having a corpselike pallor.
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