atomy

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[ at-uh-mee ]
/ ˈæt ə mi /

noun, plural at·o·mies.

an atom; mote.
a small creature; pygmy.

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Origin of atomy

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

Definition for atomy (2 of 2)

atomy2
[ at-uh-mee ]
/ ˈæt ə mi /

noun, plural at·o·mies.

a skeleton.

Origin of atomy

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1590–1600; variant of anatomy (taken as an atomy)
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British Dictionary definitions for atomy (1 of 2)

atomy1
/ (ˈætəmɪ) /

noun plural -mies archaic

an atom or minute particle
a minute creature

Word Origin for atomy

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

British Dictionary definitions for atomy (2 of 2)

atomy2
/ (ˈætəmɪ) /

noun plural -mies

an obsolete word for skeleton

Word Origin for atomy

C16: from mistaken division of anatomy (as if an atomy)
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