|—n , pl -cei|
|1.||classical myth a staff entwined with two serpents and bearing a pair of wings at the top, carried by Hermes (Mercury) as messenger of the gods|
|2.||Compare staff of Aesculapius an insignia resembling this staff used as an emblem of the medical profession|
|[C16: from Latin, from Doric Greek karukeion, from karux herald]|
|the three goddesses of destiny, known to the Greeks as the Moerae and to the Romans as the Parcae|
|a golden apple inscribed ?For the fairest,? thrown by the goddess of discord among the gods but awarded to Aphrodite, causing the Trojan War|
caduceus ca·du·ce·us (kə-d&oomacr;'sē-əs, -shəs, -dy&oomacr;'-)
n. pl. ca·du·ce·i (-sē-ī')
A winged staff with two serpents twined around it, carried by Hermes.
An insignia modeled on Hermes' staff and used as the symbol of the medical profession.