corpse vs cadaver love

corpse vs cadaver


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  • This is a serious question. What's the main difference in meaning between these two words? I like the sound of "cadaver" better, but I'm not sure if it's correct in the gag below:

    Another cavader

    in a lawn chair...

    challenging me

    to a staring contest

    October 30, 2008

  • Help, somebody!

    October 30, 2008

  • Dunno, frogster. Cadaver is more clinical-sounding, but I think they both mean the same thing: a dead body. Could be wrong though.

    October 30, 2008

  • I'd say that a cadaver is a medical specimen and a corpse is a dead body. If that helps...

    October 30, 2008

  • I wish I could help you... but you'd better ask someone else (maybe rolig? He usually answers this kind of questions)

    (Edit: my comment was written at the same moment as yarb's and trivet's, when I thought nobody was replying)

    October 30, 2008

  • Cadaver makes me think "suave cavalier"--corpse makes me think "mobster gothic".

    October 30, 2008

  • trivet is right: cadaver is the (mainly) medical term for corpse. Both words have Latin origins, so that's clearly not the reason for the doctors choosing "cadaver" over the other. Cadaver comes from cadere to fall, while corpse comes from corpus meaning body.

    So perhaps the doctors want to make it clear that the body is not merely a body but a fallen (dead) one before they start hacking it about???

    October 30, 2008

  • Thanks, future corpses!

    October 30, 2008

  • I'm pledged to medical science; I'm a future cadaver.

    October 30, 2008

  • Okay. Thanks, future corpses... and, uh, future yarb.

    October 30, 2008