Pronunciation: (ku-dOO'sē-us, -syOOs, -shus, -dyOO'-), [key]
—pl. -ce•iPronunciation: (-sē-ī"). [key]
1. Class. Myth.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. staff of Aesculapius.
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