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[kuh-dav-er] /kəˈdæv ər/
a dead body, especially a human body to be dissected; corpse.
Origin of cadaver
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin cadāver dead body, corpse; akin to cadere to fall, perish (see decay, chance)
Related forms
cadaveric, adjective
See body. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cadaver
  • 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.
  • Yet even at the time, there were whispers that the cadaver brought home in glory might be the wrong one.
  • Some even took time to reflect and thank the individual and their family for making the cadaver available.
  • In any event, we'll no longer need to wonder how much more cadaverous a cadaver can look.
  • Seeking to use synthetic instead of cadaver grafts, he went to a department store to buy some nylon.
  • In the rendition opposite, the cadaver gestures, inviting us to look into her open abdominal cavity.
  • Under many a desk, there would be a cadaver crammed into the arch meant for knees.
British Dictionary definitions for cadaver


/kəˈdeɪvə; -ˈdɑːv-/
(med) a corpse
Derived Forms
cadaveric, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from cadere to fall
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Word Origin and History for cadaver

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."

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cadaver in Medicine

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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