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[uh-nat-uh-mahyz] /əˈnæt əˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), anatomized, anatomizing.
to cut apart (an animal or plant) to show or examine the position, structure, and relation of the parts; display the anatomy of; dissect.
to examine in great detail; analyze minutely:
The couple anatomized their new neighbor.
Also, especially British, anatomise.
Origin of anatomize
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French anatomiser or < Medieval Latin anatomizāre. See anatomy, -ize
Related forms
anatomizable, adjective
anatomization, noun
anatomizer, noun
unanatomizable, adjective
unanatomized, adjective Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
to dissect (an animal or plant)
to examine in minute detail
Derived Forms
anatomization, anatomisation, noun
anatomizer, anatomiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for anatomize

"to dissect, investigate by dissection," early 15c., from Medieval Latin anatomizare or French anatomiser (16c.), from Greek anatomia (see anatomy). Related: Anatomized; anatomizing.

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anatomize in Medicine

anatomize a·nat·o·mize (ə-nāt'ə-mīz')
v. a·nat·o·mized, a·nat·o·miz·ing, a·nat·o·miz·es
To dissect an animal or other organism to study the structure and relation of the parts.

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