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 anatomic (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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anatomically \ ˌa-​nə-​ˈtä-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce anatomically (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 This environment requires anatomical compromises—their small bodies have less force but expend less energy. National Geographic, "ADAPTED TO THE EXTREME," 16 June 2020 From 1938 to 1945, the university’s anatomical institute received more than 1,370 bodies of prisoners executed by the Vienna court system, according to the findings of an investigative committee. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "In Israel, Modern Medicine Grapples With Ghosts of the Third Reich," 12 May 2020 Still other researchers examined the nearly 30,000 pairs of RNA letters in the virus’s genome and located the juncture where a mutation most likely changed its anatomical features. Los Angeles Times, "Was the coronavirus made in a Wuhan lab? Here’s what the genetic evidence shows," 9 May 2020 The neuro-anatomical pathways are imprinted with that kind of trauma. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: Ashley Judd speaks to UTSA class on child abuse and domestic violence," 30 Apr. 2020 Many companies offer the same pack in men’s and women’s versions with designs that are tailored to anatomical differences. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Backpacking Backpacks, Tested," 12 Mar. 2020 The process, called photogrammetry, allowed the legal team to recreate Ellen's anatomical and physiological attributes. Michael Roppolo, CBS News, "Authorities say the cause of a Philadelphia teacher's death was suicide, but her parents say it was murder," 11 Mar. 2020 In the first, a patient who from birth had one eye occluded — from a cataract, for example, or from rare eyelid problems — but then had that anatomical problem removed still ended up with one blind or nearly blind eye. Quanta Magazine, "The Brain Reshapes Our Malleable Senses to Fit the World," 24 Mar. 2020 Beyond that, this footwear features anatomical arch support, full grain leather and was designed without PVC. Hannah Drown, cleveland, "20 unique, innovative, essential travel products for your spring break vacation," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of anatomical

1627, in the meaning defined above

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“Anatomical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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