A corpse is a term used to describe a deceased human body. The term is taken from the Latin corpus, which means "body". In the medical profession, a corpse is often referred to as a cadaver. In medical schools, human cadavers are used to study dissection. Corpses may exist in various states of decomposition from the recently deceased to full dessication. As the subject of a dead body is a principal component of most horror media, nearly all films, programs and books within the genre feature or contain examples of a corpse to some extent. The word has also been incorporated into titles in horror media such as House of 1000 Corpses. A popular slang phrase used amongst teenagers is "Live hard, die young and leave a good looking corpse" (or any variation thereof). "Live Hard, Die Young, and Leave a Good Looking Corpse" was also used as the title of the 1990s vampire TV series Kindred: The Embraced.

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