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n. pl. co·di·ces (kō′dĭ-sēz′, kŏd′ĭ-)
A manuscript volume, especially of a classic work or of the Scriptures.

[Latin cōdex, cōdic-, tree trunk, wooden tablet, book, variant of caudex, trunk.]
Word History: Cōdex is a variant of caudex, a wooden stump to which petty criminals were tied in ancient Rome, rather like our stocks. This was also the word for a book made of thin wooden strips coated with wax upon which one wrote. The usual modern sense of codex, "book formed of bound leaves of paper or parchment," is due to Christianity. By the first century bc there existed at Rome notebooks made of leaves of parchment, used for rough copy, first drafts, and notes. By the first century ad such manuals were used for commercial copies of classical literature. The Christians adopted this parchment manual format for the Scriptures used in their liturgy because a codex is easier to handle than a scroll and because one can write on both sides of a parchment but on only one side of a papyrus scroll. By the early second century all Scripture was reproduced in codex form. In traditional Christian iconography, therefore, the Hebrew prophets are represented holding scrolls and the Evangelists holding codices.
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n, pl codices (ˈkəʊdɪˌsiːz; ˈkɒdɪ-)
1. (Library Science & Bibliography) a volume, in book form, of manuscripts of an ancient text
2. (Law) obsolete a legal code
[C16: from Latin: tree trunk, wooden block, book]
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(ˈkoʊ dɛks)

n., pl. co•di•ces (ˈkoʊ dəˌsiz, ˈkɒd ə-)
1. a manuscript volume, usu. of an ancient classic or the Scriptures.
2. Archaic. a code; book of statutes.
[1575–85; < Latin cōdex, caudex tree-trunk, book (formed orig. from wooden tablets); compare code]
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code, codex - Code, from Latin codex, meaning "block of wood split into tablets, document written on wood tablets," was first a set of laws.
See also related terms for laws.
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 a collection of recipes for the preparation of drugs; a collection of the scriptures written down on parchment or papyrus in their earliest texts.
Examples: codex of the law, 1622; of Christian precepts, 1659.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.codex - an official list of chemicals or medicines etc.
list, listing - a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)
2.codex - an unbound manuscript of some ancient classic (as distinguished from a scroll)
holograph, manuscript - handwritten book or document
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[ˈkəʊdeks] N (codices (pl)) → códice m
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n pl <codices> → Kodex m
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The codex provides vital keys to reading biblical texts.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission, jointly run by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), sets international food safety and quality standards to promote safer and more nutritious food for consumers worldwide.
Codex last July adopted maximum residue limits for ractopamine following contentious debate and a narrow 69-67 vote by member countries, according to reporting by our sister publication, Food Chemical News.
The film directed by 20th Century Fox and Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee used codex recorders on set to capture dual streams of data from pairs of Arri Alexa cameras.
Codex is the most important food safety standards organization under the United Nations and World Health Organization.
30 September 2011 - Russia's central bank said on Friday it has taken the banking permit of local Codex Bank.
The heat treatment shall be applied after the container is sealed and shall be sufficient to ensure that the product is shelf-stable and that it presents no public health hazard (CODEX STAN 88-1981).
Codex has developed standards for almost all fats and oils commonly used in food.
When the synagogue was burned in the 1947 pogrom, the codex was thought to be destroyed, lost forever.
The 15 papers of this beautifully produced volume were first presented at a conference called New Perspectives on the Chantilly Codex, held in September 2001 in Tours, France.

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