anatomy

[uh-nat-uh-mee]

noun, plural a·nat·o·mies.


Nearby words

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

Origin of anatomy

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin anatomia < Greek anatom(ḗ) a cutting up (ana- ana- + tom- cut (variant of tem-) + noun suffix) + -ia -y3

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British Dictionary definitions for anatomy

anatomy

noun plural -mies

the science concerned with the physical structure of animals and plants
the physical structure of an animal or plant or any of its parts
a book or treatise on this subject
dissection of an animal or plant
any detailed analysisthe anatomy of a crime
informal the human body

Word Origin for anatomy

C14: from Latin anatomia, from Greek anatomē, from anatemnein to cut up, from ana- + temnein to cut

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Word Origin and History for anatomy

anatomy

n.

late 14c., "study of the structure of living beings;" c.1400, "anatomical structures," from Old French anatomie, from Late Latin anatomia, from Greek anatomia, from anatome "dissection," from ana- "up" (see ana-) + temnein "to cut" (see tome). "Dissection" (1540s), "mummy" (1580s), and "skeleton" (1590s) were primary senses of this word in Shakespeare's day; meaning "the science of the structure of organized bodies" predominated from 17c. Often mistakenly divided as an atomy or a natomy.

The scyence of the Nathomy is nedefull and necessarye to the Cyrurgyen [1541]
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Medicine definitions for anatomy

anatomy

[ə-nătə-mē]

n.

The morphological structure of a plant or an animal or of any of its parts.
The science of the shape and structure of organisms and their parts.
Dissection of an animal to study the structure, position, and interrelation of its various parts.
A skeleton.
The human body.

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Science definitions for anatomy

anatomy

[ə-nătə-mē]

The structure of an organism or any of its parts.
The scientific study of the shape and structure of organisms and their parts.
Related formsanatomical adjective (ăn′ə-tŏmĭ-kəl)

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Culture definitions for anatomy

anatomy

The structure of an animal or plant; also, the study of this structure through techniques such as microscopic observation and dissection. (Compare morphology and physiology.)

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