or an·a·tom·ic

[an-uh-tom-i-kuh l or an-uh-tom-ik]


of or relating to anatomy.

Origin of anatomical

1580–90; < Late Latin anatomic(us) (< Greek anatomikós; see anatomy, -ic) + -al1
Related formsan·a·tom·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·an·a·tom·ic, adjectivenon·an·a·tom·i·cal, adjectivenon·an·a·tom·i·cal·ly, adverbpseu·do·an·a·tom·ic, adjectivepseu·do·an·a·tom·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·an·a·tom·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·an·a·tom·ic, adjectivesem·i·an·a·tom·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·an·a·tom·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of anatomic

Historical Examples of anatomic

  • I can mention but few of the names most eminent during this Anatomic Period, and but a short account of the life and work of each.

  • It is the pyramidal bulk of human nature with its finest brain, true to anatomic principles, at the top.

  • These anatomic and physiological facts may easily be observed in the chromacea, which are found everywhere.

    The Wonders of Life

    Ernst Haeckel

  • The skin was covered with purple wales, crossing each other like the arteries in an anatomic plate!

    The Maroon

    Mayne Reid

  • Unlike the artists of the anatomic school, she makes the model for herself—hence the perfect correspondence of its parts.

British Dictionary definitions for anatomic



of or relating to anatomy
Derived Formsanatomically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for anatomic

1712, from Latin anatomicus, from Greek anatomikos "relating to anatomy," from anatomia (see anatomy). Anatomical is older.



1580s; see anatomy + -ical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

anatomic in Medicine




Concerned with anatomy.
Concerned with dissection.
Related to the structure of an organism.
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