[ kawr-puh s ]
/ ˈkɔr pəs /

noun, plural cor·po·ra [kawr-per-uh] /ˈkɔr pər ə/ or, sometimes, cor·pus·es.

a large or complete collection of writings: the entire corpus of Old English poetry.
the body of a person or animal, especially when dead.
Anatomy. a body, mass, or part having a special character or function.
Linguistics. a body of utterances, as words or sentences, assumed to be representative of and used for lexical, grammatical, or other linguistic analysis.
a principal or capital sum, as opposed to interest or income.

Origin of corpus

1225–75; Middle English < Latin


core corp. corps corpse corpus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for corpus

/ (ˈkɔːpəs) /

noun plural -pora (-pərə)

Word Origin for corpus

C14: from Latin: body
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Medicine definitions for corpus

[ kôrpəs ]

n. pl. cor•po•ra (-pər-ə)

The human body, consisting of the head, neck, trunk, and limbs.
The main part of a bodily structure or organ.
A distinct bodily mass or organ having a specific function.
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