the measurement of the size and proportions of the human body.

Origin of anthropometry

First recorded in 1830–40; anthropo- + -metry
Related formsan·thro·po·met·ric [an-thruh-puh-me-trik, -poh-] /ˌæn θrə pəˈmɛ trɪk, -poʊ-/, an·thro·po·met·ri·cal, adjectivean·thro·po·met·ri·cal·ly, adverban·thro·pom·e·trist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anthropometric

Historical Examples of anthropometric

  • Compare this with the old Bertillon system of anthropometric measurements.

    Scotland Yard

    George Dilnot

  • They were photographed, subjected to anthropometric examinations, and their finger prints taken, etc.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921

    Thomas J. Campbell

  • An anthropometric estimate of the man fails to reveal any reason for the distinction of my aversion.

  • The anthropometric committee reported to the British Association in 1883 that women are little more than half as strong as men.

    Sex and Society

    William I. Thomas

  • The main objective is a description of these people by means of anthropometric procedure.

British Dictionary definitions for anthropometric



the comparative study of sizes and proportions of the human body
Derived Formsanthropometric (ˌænθrəpəˈmɛtrɪk) or anthropometrical, adjectiveanthropometrically, adverbanthropometrist, noun
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Word Origin and History for anthropometric

1871, based on French anthropométrique, from anthropometry "measurement of the human body" + -ic.



1839, "acquaintance with the dimensions of the parts of the human body," from anthropo- + -metry. Perhaps modeled on French anthropometrie.

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anthropometric in Medicine




The branch of anthropology concerned with comparative measurements of the human body and its parts.
Related formsan′thro•po•metric (-pə-mĕtrĭk) null′thro•po•metri•cal•ly adv.
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anthropometric in Science



The study of human body measurement for use in anthropological classification and comparison. The use of such data as skull dimensions and body proportions in the attempt to classify human beings into racial, ethnic, and national groups has been largely discredited, but anthropometric techniques are still used in physical anthropology and paleoanthropology, especially to study evolutionary change in fossil hominid remains.
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