[ uh-nat-uh-mahyz ]
/ əˈnæt əˌmaɪz /

verb (used with object), a·nat·o·mized, a·nat·o·miz·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. anatomical sphincter,
  2. anatomical wart,
  3. anatomically,
  4. anatomically correct,
  5. anatomist,
  6. anatomy,
  7. anatomy of melancholy, the,
  8. anatoxin,
  9. anatricrotism,
  10. anatropia

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

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British Dictionary definitions for anatomize



/ (əˈnætəˌmaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to dissect (an animal or plant)
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for anatomize


[ ə-nătə-mīz′ ]


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

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