- the science dealing with the structure of animals and plants.
- the structure of an animal or plant, or of any of its parts.
- dissection of all or part of an animal or plant in order to study its structure.
- a plant or animal that has been or will be dissected, or a model of such a dissected organism.
- a skeleton.
- Informal. the human body.
- an analysis or minute examination.
Origin of anatomy
Related Words for anatomydivision, dissection, medicine, analysis, investigation, examination, diagnosis, inquiry, biology, cytology, genetics, etiology, zoology, histology, morphology, embryology, physiology, figure, form, frame
Examples from the Web for anatomy
Contemporary Examples of anatomy
Can the anatomy of violence shed light on what made the Boston bombers tick?What Made the Boston Bombers Do It
May 3, 2013
Have a look here to understand the anatomy of a human joint.What’s Synovitis—and How Sick Will It Make Lady Gaga?
February 14, 2013
He draws evidence from genetics, geography, paleontology, anatomy, and elsewhere.What Richard Dawkins Reads: Jerry Coyne, Helena Cronin and More
September 27, 2012
The exceptions: Philip Roth, who on occasion (and in long stretches of The Anatomy Lesson) makes my stomach hurt.Inside the NYT Book Review: ‘How I Write’ Interviews Sam Tanenhaus
August 8, 2012
My mother was an anatomy professor, so I grew up among bones on wires, organs in jars, and dissected bodies on marble-top tables.How I Write: Elena Gorokhova
August 2, 2012
Historical Examples of anatomy
I had to describe the little ones with the minuteness of anatomy.The Letters of Robert Burns
Its use has practically been superseded by the study of anatomy.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
His legs were the only part of his anatomy which seemed to him as long as his nose.A Boy I Knew and Four Dogs
As picture teaches the coloring, so sculpture the anatomy of form.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Michael Angelo maintained, that, to an architect, a knowledge of anatomy is essential.Nature
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- 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
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 
- 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.
- The structure of an organism or any of its parts.
- The scientific study of the shape and structure of organisms and their parts.