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 anthropometry

Contemporary Examples of anthropometry

  • I read Anthropometry of Algerian Women and Optimum Handle Height for a Push-Pull Type Manually Operated Dryland Weeder.

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    The Self-Educated Apple Genius

    James Marcus Bach

    September 13, 2009

Historical Examples of anthropometry

  • Considerable importance in anthropometry is attached to the study of the nose.

    Negritos of Zambales

    William Allan Reed

  • I am going to headquarters to ask them to send experts in anthropometry.

    The Exploits of Juve

    Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain

  • Anthropometry, the systematic examination of the height, weight, and other physical characteristics of the human body.

  • There was a photographic apparatus at the Morgue as at the Prfecture, used for anthropometry.

  • We shall catch our criminals by anthropometry ere ever a criminal thought has entered their brains.

British Dictionary definitions for anthropometry



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 anthropometry

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

anthropometry 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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anthropometry 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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