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cadaverous

[kuh-dav-er-uh s] /kəˈdæv ər əs/
adjective
1.
of or like a corpse.
2.
pale; ghastly.
3.
haggard and thin.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin cadāverōsus like a corpse. See cadaver, -ous
Related forms
cadaverously, adverb
cadaverousness, noun
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Examples for cadaverous
  • He had a pale face, spider legs, and a cadaverous bale of goods for a body.
  • More to the point, the bare stone would look ravaged to him, even cadaverous.
  • In any event, we'll no longer need to wonder how much more cadaverous a cadaver can look.
  • The articles included pictures of her looking cadaverous.
  • The mask, cadaverous and chalk-white, is equipped with sensors that allow a computer to monitor and track its location.
British Dictionary definitions for cadaverous

cadaverous

/kəˈdævərəs/
adjective
1.
of or like a corpse, esp in being deathly pale; ghastly
2.
thin and haggard; gaunt
Derived Forms
cadaverously, adverb
cadaverousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cadaverous
adj.

"looking like a corpse," early 15c., from Latin cadaverosus "corpse-like," from cadaver (see cadaver). Related: Cadaverously; cadaverousness.

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cadaverous in Medicine

cadaverous ca·dav·er·ous (kə-dāv'ər-əs)
adj.

  1. Suggestive of death; corpselike.

  2. Having a corpselike pallor.

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