anatomical

adjective
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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Other Words from anatomical

anatomically \ -​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

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Often, there are heads in his pieces, but their craniums open up to reveal fantastical worlds, everything from anatomical abnormalities to robotic inner-workings. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "One of Mexico City’s trendsetters is bringing his art and music to Denver," 16 June 2019 His anatomical studies drilled down on the biology of facial expressions. Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "Why Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliance endures, 500 years after his death," 12 June 2019 Figure Drawing Workshop, 3-Day Workshop: Aug. 26 to 28, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students will strengthen their drawing skills and anatomical knowledge through drawing the figure from life. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 19 June 2019 Their investigations were aided by technological developments, such as anatomical staining and electrical stimulation, and an enthusiasm for experimenting, using animal studies. Katherine Foxhall, Time, "How A Nurse With a Hole in Her Skull Changed The Medical History of Migraines," 18 June 2019 Comparative psychologist Juliane Kaminski at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom led a team that included behavioral and anatomical experts in the UK and the United States. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Researchers say dogs evolved those ‘puppy dog eyes’ — while wolves just kept on staring," 17 June 2019 The new study combined anatomical and behavioral experiments. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Domestication Made Dogs’ Facial Anatomy More Fetching to Humans," 17 June 2019 This exhibition celebrates the relationship between art and anatomical science over the last four centuries. Gavin Francis, The New York Review of Books, "Gavin Francis," 23 May 2019 Figure Drawing Workshop, 3-Day Workshop: Aug. 26 to 28, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students will strengthen their drawing skills and anatomical knowledge through drawing the figure from life. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of anatomical

1627, in the meaning defined above

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anatomical

adjective
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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