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caduceus: Meaning and Definition of

ca•du•ce•us

Pronunciation: (ku-d's?-us, -sys, -shus, -dy'-), [key]
? pl. -ce•i
  1. the staff carried by Mercury as messenger of the gods.
  2. a representation of this staff used as an emblem of the medical profession and as the insignia of the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Cf.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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