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or anatomic

[an-uh-tom-i-kuh l] /ˌæn əˈtɒm ɪ kəl/
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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Examples from the Web for anatomical
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  • Other criticism might be made on the anatomical proportions of the subjects.

    Child Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Some of his models have been preserved in the anatomical Museum at Heidelberg.

  • Ottolenghi has recently investigated the anatomical mancinism of criminals.

    The Criminal Havelock Ellis
  • There was no anatomical defect—Dr. Custer was right about that.

    Second Sight Alan Edward Nourse
  • That ripeness of the ovum upon which Thurys theory insists, lies in the nature of the ovum apart from any anatomical signs.

British Dictionary definitions for anatomical


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

1580s; see anatomy + -ical.

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anatomical 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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anatomical in Science
  1. The structure of an organism or any of its parts.

  2. The scientific study of the shape and structure of organisms and their parts.

anatomical adjective (ān'ə-tŏm'ĭ-kəl)
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