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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But insect behavior is difficult to tease apart because their neuroanatomy and physiology are so different from our own. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 May 2022 Then, in 1873, in the kitchen of his apartment in Abbiategrasso, outside Milan, Italian researcher Camillo Golgi, through some combination of luck and skill, hit on a new technique that revolutionized neuroanatomy. Benjamin Ehrlich, Scientific American, 21 Mar. 2022 Imaging of both human brains and animal models has helped researchers identify the neuroanatomy of diseases, target brain regions with more specificity, and watch what was happening after electrical stimulation. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 14 Jan. 2022 Holinger is a psychologist (trained in neuroanatomy and at home with reading MRI scans) as well as a practicing psychotherapist. Clair Wills, The New York Review of Books, 3 Nov. 2020 Dogs’ different skills are reflected in, and undoubtedly caused by, different neuroanatomy, scientists led by evolutionary biologist Erin Hecht of Harvard University found. Sharon Begley, Scientific American, 3 Sep. 2019 Researchers described the project as a blend of advanced visualization hardware, software development and neuroanatomy data. Julie Washington, cleveland, 7 Nov. 2019 My first day of neuroanatomy class was just weeks after Conway’s accident. Tim Requarth, Longreads, 22 Oct. 2019 Ginzburg’s father, Giuseppe Levi, was a professor of neuroanatomy at the University of Turin. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 22 July 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neuroanatomy was circa 1961

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Cite this Entry

“Neuroanatomy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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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