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or an·a·tom·ic

[an-uh-tom-i-kuh l or an-uh-tom-ik]
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  1. of or relating to anatomy.
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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
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Related Words for anatomical

biological, nuclear, skeletal, constitutional, architectural, basic, anatomical, prime, living, primitive, necessary, integral, primary, original, fundamental, essential, principal, osseous, objective, gross

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British Dictionary definitions for anatomical


  1. of or relating to anatomy
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Derived Formsanatomically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for anatomical


1580s; see anatomy + -ical.

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anatomical in Medicine


  1. Concerned with anatomy.
  2. Concerned with dissection.
  3. Related to the structure of an organism.
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anatomical in Science


  1. The structure of an organism or any of its parts.
  2. The scientific study of the shape and structure of organisms and their parts.
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Related formsanatomical adjective (ăn′ə-tŏmĭ-kəl)
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