atomy

1
[at-uh-mee]

Origin of atomy

1
1585–95; singular use of Latin atomī, plural of atomus atom

atomy

2
[at-uh-mee]
noun, plural at·o·mies.
  1. a skeleton.

Origin of atomy

2
1590–1600; variant of anatomy (taken as an atomy)
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atomy

1
noun plural -mies archaic
  1. an atom or minute particle
  2. a minute creature

Word Origin for atomy

C16: from Latin atomī atoms, but used as if singular; see atom

atomy

2
noun plural -mies
  1. an obsolete word for skeleton

Word Origin for atomy

C16: from mistaken division of anatomy (as if an atomy)
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Word Origin and History for atomies
n.

1590s, "atoms," also "diminutive beings," from atomy, from Latin atomi, plural of atomus (see atom), but taken as a singular in English and re-pluralized in the native way. Perhaps also in some cases a plural of atomy (from misdivision of anatomy).

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