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 anatomic (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 \ -​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce anatomically (audio) \ adverb
… in Africa and possibly in the Middle East, anatomically modern humans were evolving. — Rick Gore

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Figure Drawing Workshop, 3-Day Workshop: Aug. 26 to 28, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students will strengthen their drawing skills and anatomical knowledge through drawing the figure from life., "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 5 June 2019 Nothing is off limits, from the goofy to the anatomical. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "These Embroidery Tattoos are Jaw-Droppingly Realistic," 10 Apr. 2019 The hundreds of papers covered everything from variations in the size of specific anatomical structures in rats to the possible roots of male aggression and female empathy in humans. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "Is There a "Female" Brain?," 4 Sep. 2017 The ‘linked’ construction of the silk ruffles reminds me a lot of bones, specifically vertebrae—a link back to my love of anatomical structure. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "With Stitchless Garments Designer Katie Roberts-Wood Links Femininity to Strength," 20 Feb. 2019 Potential causes of this are an underlying anatomical abnormality in the region, like a middle ear bone condition, muscle contraction, or blood vessel problem, per the Mayo Clinic. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Is Tinnitus?," 30 Jan. 2019 However, if your issue is more anatomical and related to aging or previous surgery, lubricating medicines or a surgical procedure may be required to correct it, depending on the severity of your symptoms. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Are Eyelid Issues Causing Your Dry Eyes? Here's How to Tell," 14 Dec. 2018 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

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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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