from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dead body, especially one intended for dissection.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A dead body; especially the corpse of a human to be dissected.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dead human body; a corpse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dead body; a corpse: as, “a mere cadaver,” Boyle; especially, a body prepared or used for dissection.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the dead body of a human being
Middle English, from Latin cadāver, from cadere, to fall, die; see kad- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded since c.1500, from Latin cadāver, probably from cadō ("I fall") as a metaphor for "I die", also source (through combining form -cida) of the -cide in suicide, homicide etc. (Wiktionary)