: something built or arranged in a definite way <He entered a small brick structure.><We studied leaves and other plant structures.>
: the manner in which something is built, arranged, or organized <the structure of the body>
Word Root of STRUCTURE
The Latin word struere, meaning “to build,” and its form structus give us the root struct. Words from the Latin struere have something to do with building. A structure is something that was built, such as a house. To construct is to build by combining parts together. To obstruct is to build an obstacle that blocks a passage or path. Destruction is the process of taking apart something that was built.
Medical Definition of STRUCTURE
: something (as an anatomical part) arranged in a definite pattern of organization
a: the arrangement of particles or parts in a substance or body <molecular structure>b: organization of parts as dominated by the general character of the whole <personality structure>
: the aggregate of elements of an entity in their relationships to each other