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anthropometer

[an-thruh-pom-i-ter] /ˌæn θrəˈpɒm ɪ tər/
noun, Anthropology.
1.
an instrument that consists of a calibrated, vertical rod to which are attached two horizontal arms, one fixed and one movable, for measuring the human trunk and limbs.
Origin of anthropometer
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85; anthropo- + -meter
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  • They have the meter in many forms: in the anthropometer, in the ruler.

  • The application of these ideas to environment will come most easily when we measure the children with the anthropometer.

    The Montessori Method Maria Montessori
  • In measuring the individual stature it is customary to use an instrument called an anthropometer (Fig. 142).

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • Certain anthropologists are now trying to perfect the anthropometer (Mosso's school).

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • And, indeed, how is it possible to bring the entire person posteriorly in contact with the vertical rod of the anthropometer?

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • Broca recommends to travelers an anthropometer consisting of a graduated rod with a movable index attached.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • But this greatly complicates the anthropometer, and hardly any anthropometer possesses this attachment.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori

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