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anatomy

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noun anat·o·my \ə-ˈna-tə-mē\

Simple Definition of anatomy

  • 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

Full Definition of anatomy

plural anat·o·mies

  1. 1 :  a branch of morphology that deals with the structure of organisms

  2. 2 :  a treatise on anatomical science or art

  3. 3 :  the art of separating the parts of an organism in order to ascertain their position, relations, structure, and function :  dissection

  4. 4 obsolete :  a body dissected or to be dissected

  5. 5 :  structural makeup especially of an organism or any of its parts

  6. 6 :  a separating or dividing into parts for detailed examination :  analysis

  7. 7 a (1) :  skeleton (2) :  mummy b :  the human body

an·a·tom·i·calplay \ˌa-nə-ˈtä-mi-kəl\ or an·a·tom·ic play \-ˈtä-mik\ adjective
an·a·tom·i·cal·ly play \-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


ANATOMY Defined for Kids

anatomy

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noun anat·o·my \ə-ˈna-tə-mē\

Definition of anatomy

plural anat·o·mies

  1. 1 :  a science that has to do with the structure of living things

  2. 2 :  the structural makeup especially of a person or animal <the anatomy of the cat>




Medical Dictionary

anatomy

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noun anat·o·my \ə-ˈnat-ə-mē\

Medical Definition of anatomy

plural anat·o·mies

  1. 1:  a branch of morphology that deals with the structure of organisms—compare physiology 1

  2. 2:  a treatise on anatomic science or art

  3. 3:  the art of separating the parts of an organism in order to ascertain their position, relations, structure, and function :  dissection

  4. 4:  structural makeup especially of an organism or any of its parts





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