Definition of Caduceus

1. Noun. An insignia used by the medical profession; modeled after the staff of Hermes.

Generic synonyms: Insignia
Derivative terms: Caducean

Definition of Caduceus

1. n. The official staff or wand of Hermes or Mercury, the messenger of the gods. It was originally said to be a herald's staff of olive wood, but was afterwards fabled to have two serpents coiled about it, and two wings at the top.

Definition of Caduceus

1. Noun. The official wand carried by a herald in ancient Greece and Rome, specifically the one carried in mythology by Hermes, the messenger of the gods, usually represented with two snakes twined around it. ¹

2. Noun. A symbol ((unicode ?)) representing a staff with two snakes wrapped around it, used to indicate merchants and messengers, and also sometimes as a symbol of medicine. ¹

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Definition of Caduceus

1. a heraldic wand or staff [n -CEI] : CADUCEAN [adj]

Medical Definition of Caduceus

1. A staff with two oppositely twined serpents and surmounted by two wings; emblem of the U.S. Army Medical Corps. For veterinary medicine the double serpent was changed in 1972 to its present form with a single serpent. See: staff of Aesculapius. Origin: L. The staff of Mercury; G. Keryx herald, the staff of Hermes (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Caduceus

cadre parties
cadre party
caduceus (current term)
caecal arteries
caecal folds
caecal foramen of frontal bone

Literary usage of Caduceus

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Catalogue of the Collection of Assyrian, Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek by B. Hertz (1851)
"Head of Mercury, behind him is the caduceus. A portrait. Sard; Jin. h.,fin. w. 450 Head of Mercury, with the petasus. Yellowish brown antique paste; ..."

2. The Baptist Magazine by Baptist Missionary Society (1827)
"That dog Anubis, the sublime purveyor of the gods above and below, raising his lofty neck, and bearing in his left hand a caduceus." Lucían, in derision ..."

3. Travels in Various Countries of Europe, Asia and Africa by Edward Daniel Clarke (1818)
"... —Kishan—State of the Country—Medals — Grecian Origin of English Pantomime—caduceus of Hermes explained—'Mode of practising Physic in Turkey. ..."

4. The Antiquary by Edward Walford, John Charles Cox, George Latimer Apperson (1880)
"... as "the Master«of the caduceus," was but poorly seen. Much of the strength of this collection of duplicates lay in the work of the schools of the North. ..."

5. The Roman History, from the Building of Rome to the Ruin of the Commonwealth by Nathaniel Hooke (1830)
""RO Af "F Year of actor, was clothed in a magnificent habit, and in his from hand was put a sort of sceptre, or caduceus, which di- 41 ..."

6. Language Lessons from Literature: Book I-II by Alice Woodworth Cooley, William Franklin Webster (1903)
"THE caduceus, OR THE MAGIC WAND. Apollo, the half brother of Mercury, was the god of light and music. He, too, had invented a stringed musical instrument, ..."

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