Carcass vs. Cadaver - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Cadaver

    A cadaver is a dead human body that is used by medical students, physicians and other scientists to study anatomy, identify disease sites, determine causes of death, and provide tissue to repair a defect in a living human being. Students in medical school study and dissect cadavers as a part of their education. Others who study cadavers include archaeologists and artists.The term cadaver is used in courts of law to refer to a dead body, as well as by recovery teams searching for bodies in natural disasters. The word comes from the Latin word cadere ("to fall"). Related terms include cadaverous (resembling a cadaver) and cadaveric spasm (a muscle spasm causing a dead body to twitch or jerk). A cadaver graft (also called “postmortem graft”) is the grafting of tissue from a dead body onto a living human to repair a defect or disfigurement. Cadavers can be observed for their stages of decomposition, helping to determine how long a body has been dead.Cadavers have been used in art to depict the human body in paintings and drawings more accurately.

Wiktionary

  • Carcass (noun)

    The body of a dead animal.

  • Carcass (noun)

    The body of a slaughtered animal, stripped of unwanted viscera, etc.

  • Carcass (noun)

    The body of a dead human, a corpse.

  • Carcass (noun)

    The framework of a structure, especially one not normally seen.

  • Carcass (noun)

    An early incendiary ship-to-ship projectile consisting of an iron shell filled with saltpetre, sulphur, resin, turpentine, antimony and tallow with vents for flame.

  • Cadaver (noun)

    A dead body; especially the corpse of a human to be dissected.

Webster Dictionary

  • Carcass (noun)

    A dead body, whether of man or beast; a corpse; now commonly the dead body of a beast.

  • Carcass (noun)

    The living body; - now commonly used in contempt or ridicule.

  • Carcass (noun)

    The abandoned and decaying remains of some bulky and once comely thing, as a ship; the skeleton, or the uncovered or unfinished frame, of a thing.

  • Carcass (noun)

    A hollow case or shell, filled with combustibles, to be thrown from a mortar or howitzer, to set fire to buldings, ships, etc.

  • Cadaver (noun)

    A dead human body; a corpse.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Carcass (noun)

    the dead body of an animal especially one slaughtered and dressed for food

  • Cadaver (noun)

    the dead body of a human being

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