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
anatomicallyplay \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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
Recent Examples of anatomy from the Web
My tour of porcine anatomy concluded with the sweetbreads, which are neither sweet nor bread, served with fennel and a dollop of pureed apricot.
The podcast encourages women to speak up for their sexual needs and desires, educate themselves on their anatomy, and explore what brings them pleasure.
And light pecks conjured 3D anatomy guides and pill identification tools at the bedside.
Matthew O’Neill, an anatomy and evolution researcher at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, and colleagues biopsied the thigh and calf muscles of three chimps housed at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
The work revolves around the Early Cretaceous allosauroid Neovenator salerii from the Wessex Formation of the Isle of Wight, and specifically its facial anatomy.
Savannah College of Art and Design hosts a number of classes, covering everything from action figure and toy design to storytelling and anatomy.
Such caution and uncertainty are hardly surprising at this point, given the complexity of the anatomy involved.
By watching them do this, and measuring their anatomy, people like Morehouse can work out how light travels through their eyes.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
ANATOMY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of anatomy for Students
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 Definition of anatomy
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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