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[ zoh-ot-uh-mee ]
/ zoʊˈɒt ə mi /


the anatomy, especially the comparative anatomy, of animals.
the dissection of animals.

Nearby words

zoosterol, zoot suit, zoot suiter, zootechnics, zootomic, zootomy, zootoxin, zooty, zooxanthella, zooxanthellae, zophar

Origin of zootomy

From the New Latin word zōotomia, dating back to 1655–65. See zoo-, -tomy
Related formszo·o·tom·ic [zoh-uh-tom-ik] /ˌzoʊ əˈtɒm ɪk/, zo·o·tom·i·cal, adjectivezo·o·tom·i·cal·ly, adverbzo·ot·o·mist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for zootomy

  • For further study of the nervous system see Parker's "Zootomy," pp. 122-130.

    Elementary Zoology, Second Edition|Vernon L. Kellogg
  • Even if done in her own name, and for her own objects, it would still be but an inhuman and intolerable form of zootomy.

    Man and His Migrations|R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham

British Dictionary definitions for zootomy


/ (zəʊˈɒtəmɪ) /


the branch of zoology concerned with the dissection and anatomy of animals
Derived Formszootomic (ˌzəʊəˈtɒmɪk) or zootomical, adjectivezootomically, adverbzootomist, noun
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