- 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.
Also especially British, a·nat·o·mise.
Origin of anatomize
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Examples from the Web for anatomize
I offer not to counsel them who meet in consultation for my body now, but I open my infirmities, I anatomize my body to them.Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
With them on it did he anatomize these bodie-wanting mots, Dulce puella malum est.
To probe the stars was to him a simpler process than to anatomize the globe upon which he stood.
Her strangest mood of the tender cruelty was when the passion to anatomize him beset her.The Tragic Comedians, Complete
Old Burton will rise from his grave, if there be any virtue in Pythagoreanism, to anatomize these poems.
- to dissect (an animal or plant)
- to examine in minute detail
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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
- To dissect an animal or other organism to study the structure and relation of the parts.
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