anatomy

noun
anat·​o·​my | \ ə-ˈna-tə-mē How to pronounce anatomy (audio) \
plural anatomies

Definition of anatomy

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
7a(1) : skeleton
(2) : mummy
b : the human body wore an outfit that showed off various parts of her anatomy

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Examples of anatomy in a Sentence

We had to take a class on anatomy. learning about the anatomies of different types of birds learning about the anatomy of an earthquake
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In terms of both anatomy and geological age, Pappochelys seems a perfect intermediate between Eunotosaurus and Odontochelys. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "How the Turtle Got Its Shell, With Apologies to Aesop," 20 Aug. 2019 Participants have the opportunity to learn basic surgical skills, anatomy and how to perform CPR, as well as receive basic life support certifications over the two-week course. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "High school students try their hands as surgeons during summer program at UCI Medical Center," 31 July 2019 More details about the specimen's history, anatomy, and physiology will emerge after a DNA extraction. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Whoa, Look at This 40,000-Year-Old Wolf Head," 11 June 2019 Some were perplexed by the specifics of the cats' anatomy: why the human/cat hybrids had breasts, for instance, or where exactly their tails protruded from. Emily Dixon, CNN, "The 'Cats' trailer is here and it's horrifying the internet," 19 July 2019 While the film applies tight zooms and cinematic camera angles to every conversation between characters, all voiced by popular actors and comedians, the animals' mouths and eyes do not veer from their proper anatomy. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Lion King remake review: Roaring visuals, but the execution is a hairball," 12 July 2019 What makes these infections so dangerous, and commonplace, is human anatomy. Matt Richtel, New York Times, "Urinary Tract Infections Affect Millions. The Cures Are Faltering.," 6 Apr. 2019 Many consider De Sedibus to be the first pathology textbook and Morgagni to be the father of pathologic anatomy. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 This gem of a book manages to be an anatomy of our frightening digital age, a meditation on friendship, an exploration of the loneliness of military life and a love story—all so effortlessly. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: Fiction and Literature," 10 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of anatomy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anatomy

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

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anatomy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of anatomy

: the study of the structure of living things
: the parts that form a living thing (such as an animal or plant)
informal : a person's body

anatomy

noun
anat·​o·​my | \ ə-ˈna-tə-mē How to pronounce anatomy (audio) \
plural anatomies

Kids Definition of anatomy

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

anatomy

noun
anat·​o·​my | \ ə-ˈnat-ə-mē How to pronounce anatomy (audio) \
plural anatomies

Medical Definition of anatomy

1 : a branch of morphology that deals with the structure of organisms — compare physiology sense 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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