anatomical

adjective
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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Like most fossil hominins, the species was a mix of apelike and humanlike anatomical traits. Lydia Pyne, Ars Technica, "Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleoanthropology," 20 Dec. 2018 Every anatomical variation is discussed in clinical detail. James Atlas, Town & Country, "The Year of the Celebrity Super Lawyer," 3 Dec. 2018 Threaded through the show are Renaissance prints and drawings that attest to the growth of the anatomical sciences. Mary Tompkins Lewis, WSJ, "‘The Renaissance Nude’ Review: The Body, Sacred and Sensual," 14 Nov. 2018 Looking to classify their animals into a phylum, Hoyal Cuthill and Han ran a computer analysis using anatomical features to reconstruct evolutionary relationships. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Weird Prehistoric Plant Turns Out To Be Weird Prehistoric Animal," 8 Aug. 2018 Listening to the progression of her symptoms was like being taken on an anatomical tour of the brain. Suzanne O’sullivan, WSJ, "Confessions of the Miswired Brain," 5 Oct. 2018 Some people do that with DNA, some people do it with anatomical specimens, some people do that with extinct specimens like paleontologists, and some people mix all of these things together. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How scientists captured a stunning, hellish menagerie of half-dissolved creatures," 21 Sep. 2018 There's no single anatomical structure that is the G-spot. Gigi Engle, SELF, "A Sex Educator Answers Your Biggest Questions About the G-Spot," 31 Aug. 2018 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

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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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