GC: n

S: WebMD – (last access: 6 November 2014). WHO – (last access: 4 November 2014); DORLAND p. 417.

N: 1. 1540s, variant spelling of corps (q.v.). The -p- originally was silent, as in French, and with some speakers still is. The terminal -e was rare before 19c. Corpse-candle is attested from 1690s.
2. cadaver (n): Latin, from cadere to fall, to perish; a dead body generally applied to a human body preserved for anatomical study. Cf. corpse. cadaveric adj.
corpse (n): a dead body; used to refer specifically to the human body in the early period after death. Cf. cadaver.
3. In the fields of Emergency Management, Law of Evidence and Morphology and General Physiology, dead body: The intact body of a deceased victim that is recovered at an incident site.
Not to be confused with “human remains,” a term that refers to parts of a body.
4. dead body; body; corpse; cadaver: terms and definition standardized by the Canadian Capability-Based Planning Terminology Committee and the Translation Bureau.
5. In the field of Medicine: cadaver (cadavre in French).
6. In the field of Common Law: dead body (cadavre in French).
7. Collocations:

  • Adj.: human | naked | bloody, headless, mutilated | decaying, desiccated, rotting. Example: We passed the desiccated corpse of a brigand hanging on a gibbet. | shrouded | embalmed, mummified | living. Example: For over a year he lay in his hospital bed, a living corpse.
  • Verb + corpse: lay out | embalm | butcher, dismember, eviscerate, mutilate.
  • Corpse + verb: be sprawled, lie, sprawl.
  • Phrases: be littered/strewn with corpses.

8. Cultural Interrelation: We can mention the novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818) by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851), film adaptations about Frankenstein and the movie Corpse Bride (2005) by Tim Burton.

S: 1. OED – (last access: 6 November 2014). 2. DORLAND p. 268 & 417. 3 & 4. TERMIUM PLUS (last access: 6 November 2014). 5 & 6. GDT (last access: 6 November 2014). 7. OCD – (last access: 19 May 2015). 8. (last access: 29 February 2016); (last access: 29 February 2016); FCB.


CR: autopsy, mortality.