gross anatomy


: a branch of anatomy that deals with the macroscopic structure of tissues and organs

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, researchers have to use an integrated approach that involves genes, gross anatomy and natural history, looking at everything from frog skeletons to their songs. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Apr. 2021 A couple who met in a gross anatomy class as Tulane University undergraduates have given Tulane Medical School $5 million for an endowed professorship. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 June 2016 On a Thursday afternoon in mid-2014, the second-year student walked into his gross anatomy class at the University of Calabar in southern Nigeria, converging with fellow students around three tables with a cadaver laid out on each. Washington Post, 21 June 2021 Week 1, essential in-person classes—organic chemistry, gross anatomy, classes that simply couldn’t be done remotely—would begin, limited to 10 people, bringing 5,000 students back to campus buildings that first week. Charles Fishman, The Atlantic, 1 Oct. 2020 Those would be things like organic chemistry lab, physics lab, gross anatomy lab, those kind of things. CBS News, 23 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gross anatomy was in 1888

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“Gross anatomy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition

gross anatomy

: a branch of anatomy that deals with the macroscopic structure of tissues and organs compare histology sense 1
gross anatomist noun

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