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[kuh-dav-er] /kəˈdæv ər/
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)
Related forms
cadaveric, adjective
See body. Unabridged
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  • And kidney transplants from cadavers had offered minimal temporary function.
  • Here's the creepy part-the mechanism's been tested on cadavers, which are blinking away.
  • Meanwhile, the risk of hardening, clotting and aneurysm has limited the use of grafts taken from human cadavers.
  • We will do tests in the laboratory, later on cadavers, then on animals and down the road perhaps on human subjects.
  • Other sources being mined for adult stem cells include blood from the umbilical cord, and cadavers.
  • Tells how he began doing life drawings of cadavers.
  • Medical students at the turn of the century often took pictures of themselves with cadavers or skeletons.
  • Others referred to cadavers used in an embalming lab in a way that upset the families of anatomy-bequest donors.
  • Show them how to do it on two cadavers, show them how to dress wounds and get them going.
  • Students can learn anatomy in a usable way only by dissecting cadavers.
British Dictionary definitions for cadavers


/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 cadavers



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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cadavers 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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