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Definition of Medical symbol

Medical symbol: A staff or rod with a snake curled around it.This is the Rodof Aesculapius (also called Asklepios), the ancientmythical god of medicine. Asklepios may have been a real person who wasrenowned for his gentle remedies and humane treatment of thementally ill.Today, the staff of Aesculapius is a commonly used symbol of medicine.It is the symbol of the American Medical Association (AMA) and many other medical societies. A similar symbol, the caduceus, was the staff of the Greek god Hermes.The caduceus is usually depicted with two snakes and a pair of wings and is often used mistakenly as a symbol of medicine.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 10/30/2013

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