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verb (used with object), a·nat·o·mized, a·nat·o·miz·ing.
  1. to cut apart (an animal or plant) to show or examine the position, structure, and relation of the parts; display the anatomy of; dissect.
  2. to examine in great detail; analyze minutely: The couple anatomized their new neighbor.
Also especially British, a·nat·o·mise.

Origin of anatomize

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French anatomiser or < Medieval Latin anatomizāre. See anatomy, -ize
Related formsa·nat·o·miz·a·ble, adjectivea·nat·o·mi·za·tion, nouna·nat·o·miz·er, nounun·a·nat·o·miz·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·nat·o·mized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for anatomize

evaluate, dissect, inspect, scrutinize, investigate, examine

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verb (tr)
  1. to dissect (an animal or plant)
  2. to examine in minute detail
Derived Formsanatomization or anatomisation, nounanatomizer or anatomiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for anatomize

"to dissect, investigate by dissection," early 15c., from Medieval Latin anatomizare or French anatomiser (16c.), from Greek anatomia (see anatomy). Related: Anatomized; anatomizing.

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anatomize in Medicine


  1. To dissect an animal or other organism to study the structure and relation of the parts.
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