[ an-thruh-pom-i-tree ]
/ ˌæn θrəˈpɒm ɪ tri /


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


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Origin of anthropometry

First recorded in 1830–40; anthropo- + -metry

OTHER WORDS FROM anthropometry

an·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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for anthropometry

/ (ˌænθrəˈpɒmɪtrɪ) /


the comparative study of sizes and proportions of the human body

Derived forms of anthropometry

anthropometric (ˌænθrəpəˈmɛtrɪk) or anthropometrical, adjectiveanthropometrically, adverbanthropometrist, noun
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Medical definitions for anthropometry

[ ăn′thrə-pŏmĭ-trē ]


The branch of anthropology concerned with comparative measurements of the human body and its parts.

Other words from anthropometry

an′thro•po•metric (-pə-mĕtrĭk) null′thro•po•metri•cal•ly adv.
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Scientific definitions for anthropometry

[ ăn′thrə-pŏmĭ-trē ]

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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