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anatomy

noun anat·o·my \ə-ˈna-tə-mē\

biology : the study of the structure of living things

: the parts that form a living thing (such as an animal or plant)

: a person's body

plural anat·o·mies

Full Definition of ANATOMY

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:  a branch of morphology that deals with the structure of organisms
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:  a treatise on anatomical science or art
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:  the art of separating the parts of an organism in order to ascertain their position, relations, structure, and function :  dissection
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obsolete :  a body dissected or to be dissected
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:  structural makeup especially of an organism or any of its parts
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:  a separating or dividing into parts for detailed examination :  analysis
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a (1) :  skeleton (2) :  mummy
b :  the human body
an·a·tom·i·cal \ˌa-nə-ˈtä-mi-kəl\ or an·a·tom·ic \-ˈtä-mik\ adjective
an·a·tom·i·cal·ly \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of ANATOMY

  1. We had to take a class on anatomy.
  2. learning about the anatomies of different types of birds
  3. learning about the anatomy of an earthquake

Origin of ANATOMY

Late Latin anatomia dissection, from Greek anatomē, from anatemnein to dissect, from ana- + temnein to cut
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral
ANATOMICALLY Defined for Kids

anatomy

noun anat·o·my \ə-ˈna-tə-mē\
plural anat·o·mies

Definition of ANATOMY for Kids

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:  a science that has to do with the structure of living things
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:  the structural makeup especially of a person or animal <the anatomy of the cat>
Medical Dictionary

anatomy

noun anat·o·my \ə-ˈnat-ə-mē\
plural anat·o·mies

Medical Definition of ANATOMY

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:  a branch of morphology that deals with the structure of organisms—compare physiology 1
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:  a treatise on anatomic science or art
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:  the art of separating the parts of an organism in order to ascertain their position, relations, structure, and function :  dissection
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:  structural makeup especially of an organism or any of its parts

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