[ kawr-pawr-ee-uhl, -pohr- ]
/ kɔrˈpɔr i əl, -ˈpoʊr- /


of the nature of the physical body; bodily.
material; tangible: corporeal property.

Origin of corporeal

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin corpore(us) bodily (corpor- (stem of corpus) body + -eus adj. suffix) + -al1

Related forms

Can be confused

corporal corporeal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for corporeal


/ (kɔːˈpɔːrɪəl) /


of the nature of the physical body; not spiritual
of a material nature; physical

Derived Forms

corporeality or corporealness, nouncorporeally, adverb

Word Origin for corporeal

C17: from Latin corporeus, from corpus body
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Medicine definitions for corporeal


[ kôr-pôrē-əl ]


Of, relating to, or characteristic of the body.
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