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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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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The first known use of anatomy was in the 14th century

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“Anatomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anatomy. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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anatomy

noun
How to pronounce anatomy (audio)

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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