[ an-thruh-poid ]
/ ˈæn θrəˌpɔɪd /


resembling humans.
belonging or pertaining to the primate suborder Anthropoidea, characterized by a relatively flat face, dry nose, small immobile ears, and forward-facing eyes, comprising humans, apes, Old World monkeys, and New World monkeys.Compare prosimian.


Origin of anthropoid

First recorded in 1825–35, anthropoid is from the Greek word anthropoeidḗs in the shape of a man. See anthropo-, -oid

Related forms

an·thro·poi·dal, adjectivepseu·do·an·thro·poid, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anthropoid


/ (ˈænθrəˌpɔɪd) /


resembling man
resembling an ape; apelike
of or relating to the suborder Anthropoidea


any primate of the suborder Anthropoidea, including monkeys, apes, and manCompare prosimian

Derived Forms

anthropoidal, adjective
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Medicine definitions for anthropoid


[ ănthrə-poid′ ]


Resembling human beings in structure and form.
Of or belonging to the family of great apes including the gorilla, chimpanzee, and orangutan.
Resembling or characteristic of an ape; apelike.
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