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corpus         
      n   pl  

, -pora

  
1    a collection or body of writings, esp. by a single author or on a specific topic  
the corpus of Dickens' works     
2    the main body, section, or substance of something  
3      (Anatomy)  
a    any distinct mass or body  
b    the main part of an organ or structure  
4      (Linguistics)   a body of data, esp. the finite collection of grammatical sentences of a language that a linguistic theory seeks to describe by means of an algorithm  
5    a capital or principal sum, as contrasted with a derived income  
6    Obsolete   a human or animal body, esp. a dead one  
     (C14: from Latin: body)  


corpus callosum  
      n   pl   , corpora callosa   the band of white fibres that connects the cerebral hemispheres in mammals  
     (New Latin, literally: callous body)  
corpus cavernosum  
      n   pl   , corpora cavernosa   either of two masses of erectile tissue in the penis of mammals  
     (New Latin, literally: cavernous body)  
Corpus Christi   [1]  
      n     (Chiefly R.C. Church)   a festival in honour of the Eucharist, observed on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday  
     (C14: from Latin: body of Christ)  
Corpus Christi   [2]  
      n   a port in S Texas, on Corpus Christi Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico. Pop.: 280260 (1996 est.)  
corpus delicti  
      n     (Law)   the body of facts that constitute an offence  
     (New Latin, literally: the body of the crime)  
corpus juris  
      n   a body of law, esp. the laws of a nation or state  
     (from Late Latin, literally: a body of law)  
Corpus Juris Canonici  
      n     (R.C. Church)   the official compilation of canon law published by authority of Gregory XIII in 1582, superseded by the Codex Juris Canonici in 1918  
   See also       Clementines       Decretals       Decretum       Extravagantes       Sext  
     (Medieval Latin, literally: body of canon law)  
Corpus Juris Civilis  
      n     (Law)   the body of Roman or civil law consolidated by Justinian in the 6th century a.d. It consists of four parts, the Institutes, Digest, Code, and Novels  
     (New Latin, literally: body of civil law)  
corpus luteum  
      n   pl   , corpora lutea   a yellow glandular mass of tissue that forms in a Graafian follicle following release of an ovum. It secretes progesterone, a hormone necessary to maintain pregnancy  
     (New Latin, literally: yellow body)  
corpus luteum hormone  
      n      another name for       progesterone  
corpus spongiosum  
      n   a mass of tissue that, with the corpora cavernosa, forms the erectile tissue of the penis of mammals  
     (New Latin, literally: spongy body)  
corpus striatum  
      n   pl   , corpora striata   a striped mass of white and grey matter situated in front of the thalamus in each cerebral hemisphere  
     (New Latin, literally: striated body)  
corpus vile     (Latin)  
      n   pl   , corpora vilia   a person or thing fit only to be the object of an experiment  
     (literally: worthless body)  
habeas corpus  
      n     (Law)   a writ ordering a person to be brought before a court or judge, esp. so that the court may ascertain whether his detention is lawful  
     (C15: from the opening of the Latin writ, literally: you may have the body)  
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corpus

  
  
body, collection, compilation, complete works, entirety, oeuvre, whole  

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