Meaning of staff of Aesculapius

staff' of Aescula'pius

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a representation of a forked staff with an entwining serpent, used as a symbol of the medical profession and as the insignia of the American Medical Association and other medical organizations. Cf.(def. 2).
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