Caduceus meaning

kə-do͝osē-əs, -shəs, -dyo͝o-
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The definition of caduceus is a staff carried by an ancient messenger that shows two serpents wrapped around a staff, or a drawing of such a tool.

An example of caduceus is the winged staff carried by Mercury, the messenger god.

An example of caduceus is the symbol of the medical profession.

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An insignia modeled on Hermes's staff and used as the symbol of the medical profession.
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The staff of an ancient herald; esp., the winged staff with two serpents coiled about it, carried by Mercury.
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An emblematic staff like this with either one or two serpents, used as a symbol of the medical profession.
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An insignia modeled on Hermes's staff and used as the symbol of the medical profession.
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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.
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A symbol (☤) representing a staff with two snakes wrapped around it, used to indicate merchants and messengers, and also sometimes as a symbol of medicine.
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Origin of caduceus

  • Latin cādūceus alteration of Greek dialectal kārūkeion from kārūx herald

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Via Latin cādūceus, cādūceum, adaptation of Doric Ancient Greek καρύκειον (karukeion, “herald’s wand or staff”). This and Attic Greek κηρύκειον (kērukeion) are derived from κῆρυξ (kērux, “herald, public messenger”). Related to κηρύσσω (kērussō, “I announce”).

    From Wiktionary