Definitions for CODEXˈkoʊ dɛks; ˈkoʊ dəˌsiz, ˈkɒd ə-
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co•dexˈkoʊ dɛks; ˈkoʊ dəˌsiz, ˈkɒd ə-(n.)(pl.)co•di•ces
a manuscript volume, usu. of an ancient classic or the Scriptures.
Archaic. a code; book of statutes.
Origin of codex:
1575–85; < L cōdex, caudex tree-trunk, book (formed orig. from wooden tablets); cf. code
an official list of chemicals or medicines etc.
an unbound manuscript of some ancient classic (as distinguished from a scroll)
an early manuscript book
a book bound in the modern manner, by joining pages, as opposed to a rolled scroll
an official list of medicines and medicinal ingredients
Origin: From codex, variant spelling of caudex; compare caudex (in botany).
a book; a manuscript
a collection or digest of laws; a code
an ancient manuscript of the Sacred Scriptures, or any part of them, particularly the New Testament
a collection of canons
A codex is a book made up of a number of sheets of paper, vellum, or similar, with hand-written content, usually stacked and bound by fixing one edge and with covers thicker than the sheets, but sometimes continuous and folded concertina-style. The alternative to paged codex format for a long document is the continuous scroll. Examples of folded codices are the Maya codices. Sometimes the term is used for a book-style format, including modern printed books but excluding folded books. Developed by the Romans from wooden writing tablets, its gradual replacement of the scroll, the dominant form of book in the ancient world, has been termed the most important advance in the history of the book prior to the invention of printing. The codex all together transformed the shape of the book itself and offered a form that lasted for centuries. The spread of the codex is often associated with the rise of Christianity, which adopted the format for the Bible early on. First described by the 1st-century AD Roman poet Martial, who praised its convenient use, the codex achieved numerical parity with the scroll around AD 300, and had completely replaced it throughout the now Christianised Greco-Roman world by the 6th century.
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