- to cut apart (an animal or plant) to show or examine the position, structure, and relation of the parts; display the anatomy of; dissect.
- to examine in great detail; analyze minutely: The couple anatomized their new neighbor.
Origin of anatomize
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Historical Examples of anatomise
Decompose me, anatomise me; you will find that I am constituted like the rest.
She must anatomise and skin you, absolutely lay your feelings bare.
His intellect was electrical: it struck before they had time to anatomise it.History of the Girondists, Volume I
Alphonse de Lamartine
Should I anatomise him to you as he is, I must blush and weep, and you must look pale and wonder.The Cardinal's Snuff-Box
I know well enough what death and pleasure are; let no man give himself the trouble to anatomise them to me.The Essays of Montaigne, Complete
Michel de Montaigne
- to dissect (an animal or plant)
- to examine in minute detail
"to dissect, investigate by dissection," early 15c., from Medieval Latin anatomizare or French anatomiser (16c.), from Greek anatomia (see anatomy). Related: Anatomized; anatomizing.
- To dissect an animal or other organism to study the structure and relation of the parts.