an·a·tom·i·cal | \ˌa-nə-ˈtä-mi-kəl \
variants: or less commonly anatomic \ˌa-nə-ˈtä-mik \

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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Ray and Willughby divided birds into landfowl and waterfowl and then, on the basis of anatomical details like beaks, feet or body size, into successive subdivisions. Jenny Uglow, WSJ, "‘The Wonderful Mr. Willughby’ Review: Hatching a New Science," 5 July 2018 Before getting into the body parts trade as a private dealer, Rathburn was the coordinator of the University of Michigan's anatomical donation program in 1984-90, but he was fired after he was caught selling bodies. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Pointe cadaver dealer gets 9 years prison in body parts case," 22 May 2018 So many gulfs separate us now: geographical, anatomical, psychological. Ferris Jabr, Smithsonian, "It’s Official: Fish Feel Pain," 8 Jan. 2018 Sparks is up here constantly, examining the models for anatomical correctness. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Unseen Oceans: How the American Museum of Natural History Builds a New Exhibit," 21 June 2018 Its large windows illuminate rows of bookshelves and a small anatomical model of the human brain on her coffee table. Lisa Wood Shapiro, WIRED, "The End of Dyslexia," 18 June 2018 Lawyers for Lightcap and the other plaintiffs said the school district violated their right to privacy by allowing students with different physical anatomy to be in spaces previously designated for people with the same anatomical gender. NBC News, "School can let trans students use bathroom of choice, court rules," 25 May 2018 Researchers studied the shrimps’ key anatomical features, like the legs, mouthparts and shells, according to a statement by ZooKeys publisher Pensoft. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Introducing a Hairy-Footed Shrimp Named After Bilbo Baggins," 13 June 2018 Then Rai pulls out those four models of fetuses at different stages in a pregnancy, although doctors may take issue with their anatomical accuracy -- the model representing the development of a 12 week fetus has perfectly formed fingers and toes. Rojita Adhikari, CNN, "Pro-life activists target rural Nepali women," 8 June 2018

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1627, in the meaning defined above

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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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