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.

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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 The human body is incapable of moving that fast based on anatomical limitations. New York Times, "How Long Can We Live?," 28 Apr. 2021 His aim was to build a more complete anatomical and physiological understanding of the face. Kate Crawford, The Atlantic, "Why We Shouldn’t Trust AI to Tell Us What We Feel," 27 Apr. 2021 Tiedemann concluded there was no noticeable anatomical differences in the brains of people from different races, and advocated against enslaving African people. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, "How A Museum’s Human Skull Collection Sparked A Racial Reckoning," 16 Apr. 2021 An acrylic artwork of a cup of tea noted how sipping tea can help nurses relax after a shift; another piece, a linocut print of an anatomical heart, was inspired by caring for cardiovascular patients in an intensive care unit. Alison Bowen,, "‘Instead of keeping it in, I put it on paper.’ Art exhibit shows work nurses created during COVID-19 pandemic.," 23 Apr. 2021 Of course Leonardo da Vinci was also a science illustrator, credited with pioneering many of the techniques still used in anatomical drawing and mechanical diagrams. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, "These Female Watercolorists, Guardians Of American Agriculture, Proved That Science Illustration Can Be High Art," 21 Apr. 2021 Ma, a doctoral student at the University of Birmingham, said researchers used CT scans to enlarge the hands and look at anatomical features on the computer due to the small size of the fossil. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, "'Monkeydactyl': Scientists discover Jurassic era flying reptile with oldest opposed thumbs," 13 Apr. 2021 This sporty, lightweight slip-on sneaker by Dr. Scholl's is sustainably crafted with gore panels, a padded collar, anatomical cushioning, and flexible movement. Daria Smith, Southern Living, "These Amazon Slip-On Sneakers Are Bound To Be the Most Comfortable Shoes You Own," 31 Mar. 2021 Humor, Rosdahl insists, is as important a trait for nurses as compassion and anatomical know-how. Curt Brown, Star Tribune, "Minnesota nurse looks back on a long career with humor," 27 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of anatomical

1627, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2021

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“Anatomical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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