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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Asked about his history of leg injuries, Dos Santos blamed anatomy. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Soccer! France is slowly warming up to the Women’s World Cup," 11 June 2019 While the use of synthetic cadavers in simulation teaching laboratories is popular in medical education, human cadavers are the optimal way to teach anatomy, Smith stressed. Stephanie Innes, AZCentral.com, "Arizona is a hotbed for the cadaver industry, and potential donors have plenty of options," 10 June 2019 Unlike their predecessors in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, modern biologists no longer depend primarily on morphology and anatomy—on appearances—to establish evolutionary relationships between organisms. Ferris Jabr, Harper's magazine, "The Story of Storytelling," 10 Mar. 2019 Halaska and a dozen other scientists from the MMC and the California Academy of Sciences aren’t here to learn whale anatomy. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Messy, Malodorous Mystery of the Dead 60-Foot Whale," 31 May 2018 Results can last between 9 months and 2 years depending on the anatomy of the nose, the issue being addressed, and the type of filler used. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Everything to You Need to Know When Considering a Non-Surgical Nose Job," 11 Mar. 2019 The 'saur had a jaw powerful enough to crush the bones of other dinosaurs – and, while contested, calculations based on skeletal anatomy and muscle mass suggest that a T. rex in a hurry could have moved at speeds of 17 miles an hour or more. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "How We Elected T. rex to be Our Tyrant Lizard King," 21 June 2018 His research focuses on the anatomy and evolution of dinosaurs. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "Dinosaurs: From Humble Beginnings To Global Dominance," 23 May 2018 She was born with androgen insensitivity syndrome, a condition that caused her to have external female anatomy and, internally, undescended testes instead of a uterus. Diane Stopyra, Marie Claire, "Dear Parents-to-Be: Stop Celebrating Your Baby's Gender," 5 July 2017

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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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