an·​a·​tom·​i·​cal | \ ˌa-nə-ˈtä-mi-kəl How to pronounce anatomical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly anatomic \ ˌa-​nə-​ˈtä-​mik How to pronounce anatomical (audio) \

Definition of anatomical

: of or relating to anatomy or the body structure of organisms anatomical studies/structures/mechanisms The mollusks are divided according to common anatomical traits into seven classes …— Carol M. Lalli and Ronald W. Gilmer Mayberg has been mapping anatomical areas of the brain that are either hyperactive or inactive in depressed men and women.— Siddhartha Mukherjee Diabetes mellitus is characterized by a broad array of physiologic and anatomic abnormalities, but its most notable feature is disturbed glucose metabolism, which results in inappropriate hyperglycemia.— George F. Cahill, Jr. et al.

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Other Words from anatomical

anatomically \ ˌa-​nə-​ˈtä-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce anatomical (audio) \ adverb
… in Africa and possibly in the Middle East, anatomically modern humans were evolving. — Rick Gore

Examples of anatomical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whitfeld said the museum wants to do an anatomical study to nail down the wood's species, and officials hope it can be displayed as part of a Minnesota natural history exhibit. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 While many African-American individuals in the anatomical collections are named, none have ever been reclaimed, according to the natural history museum. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2021 The human body is incapable of moving that fast based on anatomical limitations. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2021 His aim was to build a more complete anatomical and physiological understanding of the face. Kate Crawford, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2021 Tiedemann concluded there was no noticeable anatomical differences in the brains of people from different races, and advocated against enslaving African people. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 An acrylic artwork of a cup of tea noted how sipping tea can help nurses relax after a shift; another piece, a linocut print of an anatomical heart, was inspired by caring for cardiovascular patients in an intensive care unit. Alison Bowen,, 23 Apr. 2021 Of course Leonardo da Vinci was also a science illustrator, credited with pioneering many of the techniques still used in anatomical drawing and mechanical diagrams. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 Ma, a doctoral student at the University of Birmingham, said researchers used CT scans to enlarge the hands and look at anatomical features on the computer due to the small size of the fossil. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of anatomical

1627, in the meaning defined above

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“Anatomical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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an·​a·​tom·​i·​cal | \ ˌa-nə-ˈtä-mi-kəl \
variants: or anatomic \ -​ˈtäm-​ik \

Kids Definition of anatomical

: of or relating to the structural makeup of living things We studied the anatomical similarities between dinosaurs and birds.

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