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[an-thruh-pom-i-tree] /ˌæn θrəˈpɒm ɪ tri/
the measurement of the size and proportions of the human body.
Origin of anthropometry
First recorded in 1830-40; anthropo- + -metry
Related forms
[an-thruh-puh-me-trik, -poh-] /ˌæn θrə pəˈmɛ trɪk, -poʊ-/ (Show IPA),
anthropometrical, adjective
anthropometrically, adverb
anthropometrist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for anthropometry
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  • Considerable importance in anthropometry is attached to the study of the nose.

    Negritos of Zambales William Allan Reed
  • I am going to headquarters to ask them to send experts in anthropometry.

    The Exploits of Juve

    Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain
  • anthropometry, the systematic examination of the height, weight, and other physical characteristics of the human body.

  • There was a photographic apparatus at the Morgue as at the Prfecture, used for anthropometry.

  • We shall catch our criminals by anthropometry ere ever a criminal thought has entered their brains.

    Mankind in the Making H. G. Wells
  • The field of the measurement of physical traits is dignified by the name "anthropometry."

  • These full and clear remarks seem even more applicable to the method of finger prints than to that of anthropometry.

    Finger Prints Francis Galton
British Dictionary definitions for anthropometry


the comparative study of sizes and proportions of the human body
Derived Forms
anthropometric (ˌænθrəpəˈmɛtrɪk), anthropometrical, adjective
anthropometrically, adverb
anthropometrist, noun
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Word Origin and History for anthropometry

1839, "acquaintance with the dimensions of the parts of the human body," from anthropo- + -metry. Perhaps modeled on French anthropometrie.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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anthropometry in Medicine

anthropometry an·thro·pom·e·try (ān'thrə-pŏm'ĭ-trē)
The branch of anthropology concerned with comparative measurements of the human body and its parts.

an'thro·po·met'ric (-pə-mět'rĭk) or an'thro·po·met'ri·cal (-rĭ-kəl) adj.
an'thro·po·met'ri·cal·ly adv.
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anthropometry in Science
The study of human body measurement for use in anthropological classification and comparison. The use of such data as skull dimensions and body proportions in the attempt to classify human beings into racial, ethnic, and national groups has been largely discredited, but anthropometric techniques are still used in physical anthropology and paleoanthropology, especially to study evolutionary change in fossil hominid remains.
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