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[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
  • Centuries of studies of the human body would suggest that all major anatomical structures have been identified.
  • Yet ultimately, height is a social as well as an anatomical fact.
  • Apart from specialised nerve cells, there is a lot of anatomical specialisation in the brain itself.
  • It seems an obvious line of investigation that would put the anatomical arguments to rest.
  • anatomical examinations revealed similarities between the mice's brains and those of human patients.
  • Scientists have found the first evidence of an anatomical connection between the nervous system and the immune system.
  • Both of these anatomical changes are seen in human schizophrenics too.
  • But it also had anatomical features that obviously suited it for aquatic life.
  • Yet the purpose of this straightforward anatomical arrangement has baffled researchers.
  • Bailey used basic anatomical comparison to set the stage for his idea.
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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