- a dead body, especially a human body to be dissected; corpse.
- med a corpse
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.”
- A dead body, especially one intended for dissection.