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

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin cadāver dead body, corpse; akin to cadere to fall, perish (see decay, chance)

cadaveric, adjective

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cadaver (kəˈdeɪvə, -ˈdɑːv-)
med a corpse
[C16: from Latin, from cadere to fall]

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Word Origin & History

c.1500, from L. cadaver "dead body (of men or animals)," probably from a perf. part. of cadere "to fall, sink, settle down, decline, perish" (see case (1)). Cf. Gk. ptoma "dead body," lit. "a fall;" poetic English the fallen "those who died in battle."
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cadaver ca·dav·er (kə-dāv'ər)
A dead body, especially one intended for dissection.

ca·dav'er·ic (-ər-ĭk) adj.
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Example sentences
Split down the middle, a skinless human cadaver offers an eye on the body's
  inner workings.
One company that handles cadaver tissue admitted that human error could have
  introduced bacteria.
The candidate should also be able to supervise a gross-anatomy cadaver lab.
It proved to be the latter, and is now a cadaver worthy of extensive autopsy,
  to be learned from.
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