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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Historical Examples of anatomically

  • And just as he sees men and human things chemically and anatomically, so he sees the world astronomically.

  • You may not have noticed these things as I have, but it is very rare that the ear is anatomically the same in two people.

    The Mystery of Evelin Delorme

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • Anatomically we find that we must place man with the apelike mammals, because of these numerous points of structural likeness.

    A Civic Biology

    George William Hunter

  • The neck is a part which is anatomically of much importance, but not of equal importance from the anthropological side.

    Pedagogical Anthropology

    Maria Montessori

  • It is anatomically true that very young children do not hear well; but that is so at an age which can not be of interest to us.

British Dictionary definitions for anatomically



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

1640s, from anatomical + -ly (2). Anatomically correct, of dolls and meaning "with genitalia," is attested 1968, perhaps 1967, American English, in reference to Petit Frère, an imported French boy doll.



1580s; see anatomy + -ical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for anatomically




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