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 However, the researchers proposed one possibility based on a unique anatomical feature of cats. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 14 Nov. 2023 The different reproductive strategies gave dinosaurs some advantages over mammals. Camarasaurus and other sauropods also got some assistance from their anatomical peculiarities. Riley Black, Popular Science, 9 Nov. 2023 Many works of hyperrealism call on old traditions of mimesis, among them anatomical wax models based on real carcasses, a technique dating to the 18th century. Joshua Glass, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2023 The fish’s skin wrapped tightly around the whole structure, though the scientists noted a clear anatomical distinction between the two. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 3 Oct. 2023 Body brokers are more controversial than university anatomical donation programs, but in both cases, remains are used for medical education or research. Tanya D. Marsh, The Conversation, 30 June 2023 Once the polish had dried, Boyce applied a handful of minuscule designs including snakes, spiders, moons, a heart made of thorns, upside-down crosses, and anatomical hearts — all very aligned to Fox's star-gazing, otherworldly, goth fairy princess aesthetic. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 30 Oct. 2023 If one looks only at mechanical and anatomical explanations of pain, this surely is true. Scientific American, 18 Oct. 2023 Conversations with an 8-year-old are about correct anatomical terminology for body parts, understanding consent and respect for your own physical bodies, and normalizing that our bodies are changing throughout the course of our lives. Phyllis L. Fagell, Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1627, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anatomical was in 1627

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“Anatomical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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