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.

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 There are numerous vitrines filled with marvelous sculptural buttons, gilded bijoux incorporating anatomical features, and perfume bottles more original than anything on the market today. Amy Verner, Vogue, 4 July 2022 Although located in a roughly anatomical position within the sediment, the mastodon bones were often fragmented into tiny pieces. Jeanne Timmons, Ars Technica, 22 Dec. 2021 This same anatomical principle applies in other variations of the curl, like a cable version, and can also be beneficial when performing the straight bar curl. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 16 July 2022 In the eighteenth century, natural-history museums started using anatomical similarities to classify plants and animals into increasingly specific categories: class, order, family, genus, species. Ben Crair, The New Yorker, 15 July 2022 But the origins of an anatomical feature and its later modifications are two different things, and so a body covering of osteoderms could later be adapted into the plates, spikes and other body coverings of thyreophorans. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 May 2022 The soft, quick-drying, removable footbed comes with a gel insert and a dual-density anatomical polyurethane construction, which works with the high-rebound EVA midsole for solid comfort. Nathan Borchelt, Travel + Leisure, 31 May 2022 Our visual effects people do an incredible amount of anatomical research. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 4 June 2022 Its neck was long, but nothing like a modern giraffe’s, and researchers have yet to pinpoint how the animal’s anatomical features connect with its counterparts today. New York Times, 2 June 2022 See More

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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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