neu·​ro·​anat·​o·​my ˌnu̇r-ō-ə-ˈna-tə-mē How to pronounce neuroanatomy (audio)
: the anatomy of nervous tissue and the nervous system
neuroanatomical adjective
or less commonly neuroanatomic
neuroanatomist noun

Examples of neuroanatomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Functional differences in their neuroanatomy may be the cause. Sabrina Sholts, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2024 There are multiple different kinds of memory, and each of those memory systems relies on a different neuroanatomy or different neural networks. Annalisa Merelli, STAT, 9 Feb. 2024 Do Fish Feel Pain When Hooked? (Credit:Maximillian cabinet/Shutterstock) Much of the evidence that fish feel pain is derived not only from neuroanatomy but from behavior as well. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 9 June 2023 One student on each team wore the cap and the others had 10 minutes to attach the labels to the correct parts of their head, corresponding to the different brain areas, with the help of a neuroanatomy textbook. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 9 June 2012 About three years ago, results from these latter-day imaging methods clashed violently with the classical neuroanatomy from Penfield’s era. Nico U.f. Dosenbach, Scientific American, 21 Apr. 2023 The creation of a comprehensive map of the connectional neuroanatomy of the human brain would be a fundamental achievement in neuroscience. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 7 Nov. 2014 His dream is to create the world’s most complete open-access neuroanatomy library, featuring high-resolution digital images of whole human brain slices. Kat McGowan, Discover Magazine, 2 May 2010 How about the size and shape of Einstein's brain as a whole - the neuroanatomy? Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 25 May 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of neuroanatomy was circa 1961

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“Neuroanatomy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


neu·​ro·​anat·​o·​my -ə-ˈnat-ə-mē How to pronounce neuroanatomy (audio)
plural neuroanatomies
: the anatomy of nervous tissue and the nervous system
neuroanatomical adjective
also neuroanatomic
neuroanatomically adverb
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