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[an-uh-tom-i-kuh l or an-uh-tom-ik] /ˌæn əˈtɒm ɪ kəl or ˌæn əˈtɒm ɪk/
of or relating to anatomy.
Origin of anatomical
1580-90; < Late Latin anatomic(us) (< Greek anatomikós; see anatomy, -ic) + -al1
Related forms
anatomically, adverb
nonanatomic, adjective
nonanatomical, adjective
nonanatomically, adverb
pseudoanatomic, adjective
pseudoanatomical, adjective
pseudoanatomically, adverb
semianatomic, adjective
semianatomical, adjective
semianatomically, adverb Unabridged
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  • I can mention but few of the names most eminent during this anatomic Period, and but a short account of the life and work of each.

  • It is the pyramidal bulk of human nature with its finest brain, true to anatomic principles, at the top.

  • These anatomic and physiological facts may easily be observed in the chromacea, which are found everywhere.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
  • The skin was covered with purple wales, crossing each other like the arteries in an anatomic plate!

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • Unlike the artists of the anatomic school, she makes the model for herself—hence the perfect correspondence of its parts.

    The Wild Huntress Mayne Reid
  • They prudishly despised the anatomic study of the human figure, of landscape and chiaroscuro.

  • See the distinction between the "sciences physiques" and the "sciences physiologiques" in the "anatomic Générale," 1801.

British Dictionary definitions for anatomic


of or relating to anatomy
Derived Forms
anatomically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for anatomic

1712, from Latin anatomicus, from Greek anatomikos "relating to anatomy," from anatomia (see anatomy). Anatomical is older.



1580s; see anatomy + -ical.

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anatomic in Medicine

anatomical an·a·tom·i·cal (ān'ə-tŏm'ĭ-kəl) or an·a·tom·ic (-tŏm'ĭk)

  1. Concerned with anatomy.

  2. Concerned with dissection.

  3. Related to the structure of an organism.

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