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

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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Recent Examples on the Web The reason that Omicron is milder may be a matter of anatomy. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021 The reason that omicron is milder may be a matter of anatomy. Carl Zimmer, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Dec. 2021 Any mutation in that anatomy of the virus could potentially mean higher transmissibility, decreased effectiveness of vaccines, or even more severe infections. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 26 Nov. 2021 But no birds, fish or reptiles today sport this extreme and ever-growing bit of anatomy. Katie Hunt, CNN, 26 Oct. 2021 Women suffer from incontinence twice as often as men due to differences in physical anatomy, according to the US. Susan Degrane, chicagotribune.com, 7 Apr. 2021 First, a quick eye anatomy lesson: The front of the human eye is covered with a tear film that has a few different layers, Scott P. Drexler, OD, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, tells Health. Amy Marturana Winderl, Health.com, 8 Dec. 2021 Many are fanned out across the carapace of the fountain, which forms a curvy, bulbous shape around it, resembling a 3D rendering of an organ from an anatomy book. New York Times, 26 Oct. 2021 To begin a training routine, your pelvic health physical therapist will typically start with a mini anatomy lesson and initial evaluation, usually between 45 minutes to an hour. Claire Sibonney, SELF, 29 Sep. 2021

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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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13 Jan 2022

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“Anatomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anatomy. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for anatomy

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)
: 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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