anatomy

noun anat·o·my \ ə-ˈna-tə-mē \

Definition of anatomy

plural anatomies
1 :a branch of morphology that deals with the structure of organisms
2 :a treatise on anatomical science or art
3 :the art of separating the parts of an organism in order to ascertain their position, relations, structure, and function :dissection
4 obsolete :a body dissected or to be dissected
5 :structural makeup especially of an organism or any of its parts
  • the anatomy of birds
  • human anatomy
6 :a separating or dividing into parts for detailed examination :analysis
  • the anatomy of a marriage
7 a (1) :skeleton
(2) :mummy
b :the human body
  • wore an outfit that showed off various parts of her anatomy

anatomical

play \ˌa-nə-ˈtä-mi-kəl\ or anatomic play \-ˈtä-mik\ adjective

anatomically

play \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of anatomy in a Sentence

  1. We had to take a class on anatomy.

  2. learning about the anatomies of different types of birds

  3. learning about the anatomy of an earthquake

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Origin and Etymology of anatomy

Late Latin anatomia dissection, from Greek anatomē, from anatemnein to dissect, from ana- + temnein to cut



ANATOMY Defined for English Language Learners

anatomy

noun

Definition of anatomy for English Language Learners

  • biology : the study of the structure of living things

  • : the parts that form a living thing (such as an animal or plant)

  • : a person's body


ANATOMY Defined for Kids

anatomy

noun anat·o·my \ ə-ˈna-tə-mē \

Definition of anatomy for Students

plural anatomies
1 :a science that has to do with the structure of living things
2 :the structural makeup especially of a person or animal
  • the anatomy of the cat

Medical Dictionary

anatomy

noun anat·o·my \ ə-ˈnat-ə-mē \

medical Definition of anatomy

plural anatomies
1 :a branch of morphology that deals with the structure of organisms — compare physiology 1
2 :a treatise on anatomic science or art
3 :the art of separating the parts of an organism in order to ascertain their position, relations, structure, and function :dissection
4 :structural makeup especially of an organism or any of its parts


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