[ zoh-ot-uh-mee ]

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

  2. the dissection of animals.

Origin of zootomy

From the New Latin word zōotomia, dating back to 1655–65. See zoo-, -tomy

Other words from zootomy

  • zo·o·tom·ic [zoh-uh-tom-ik], /ˌzoʊ əˈtɒm ɪk/, zo·o·tom·i·cal, adjective
  • zo·o·tom·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • zo·ot·o·mist, noun

Words Nearby zootomy

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How to use zootomy in a sentence

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

  • 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) /

  1. the branch of zoology concerned with the dissection and anatomy of animals

Derived forms of zootomy

  • zootomic (ˌzəʊəˈtɒmɪk) or zootomical, adjective
  • zootomically, adverb
  • zootomist, noun

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