an·​a·​tom·​i·​cal ˌa-nə-ˈtä-mi-kəl How to pronounce anatomical (audio)
variants or less commonly anatomic
: 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.
anatomically 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 The artist Ernie Barnes, who once played professional football, captured the anatomical and experiential details of bodies in motion in an expansive survey at Ortuzar Projects. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 7 June 2024 Some argue that Neanderthals lacked the anatomical ability to even produce sounds. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 5 June 2024 Open release surgery is the only option in some cases with visualization difficulties or anatomical variations.14 Endoscopic Release An endoscopic release surgery is done entirely beneath the skin. Scott Sundick, Verywell Health, 3 June 2024 Researchers have located one more anatomical organ where microplastics — of all shapes and constituents — are found: human testes. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for anatomical 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'anatomical.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1627, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anatomical was in 1627

Dictionary Entries Near anatomical

Cite this Entry

“Anatomical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on anatomical

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!