staff of aesculapius

staff of aesculapius
Usage: usually capitalized A
Etymology: after Aesculapius, Greco-Roman god of medicine, from Latin, from Greek Asklēpios
: a conventionalized representation of a staff branched at the top with a single snake twined around it that is used as a symbol of medicine and as the official insignia of the American Medical Association — called also Aesculapian staff; compare caduceus

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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. caduceus (def. 2).

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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