anatomy

[uh-nat-uh-mee]
noun, plural anatomies.
1.
the science dealing with the structure of animals and plants.
2.
the structure of an animal or plant, or of any of its parts.
3.
dissection of all or part of an animal or plant in order to study its structure.
4.
a plant or animal that has been or will be dissected, or a model of such a dissected organism.
5.
6.
Informal. the human body.
7.
an analysis or minute examination.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin anatomia < Greek anatom() a cutting up (ana- ana- + tom- cut (variant of tem-) + noun suffix) + -ia -y3

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anatomy (əˈnætəmɪ)
 
n , pl -mies
1.  the science concerned with the physical structure of animals and plants
2.  the physical structure of an animal or plant or any of its parts
3.  a book or treatise on this subject
4.  dissection of an animal or plant
5.  any detailed analysis: the anatomy of a crime
6.  informal the human body
 
[C14: from Latin anatomia, from Greek anatomē, from anatemnein to cut up, from ana- + temnein to cut]

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anatomy
late 14c., "study of the structure of living beings," from O.Fr. anatomie, from Gk. anatomia, from anatome "dissection," from ana- "up" + temnein "to cut" (see tome). "Dissection" (1540s), "mummy" (1580s), and even "skeleton" (1590s) were primary senses of this word in Shakespeare's
day; meaning "the science of the structure of organized bodies" predominated from 17c. Often mistakenly divided as an atomy or a natomy.
"The scyence of the Nathomy is nedefull and necessarye to the Cyrurgyen" [1541]
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anatomy a·nat·o·my (ə-nāt'ə-mē)
n.

  1. The morphological structure of a plant or an animal or of any of its parts.

  2. The science of the shape and structure of organisms and their parts.

  3. Dissection of an animal to study the structure, position, and interrelation of its various parts.

  4. A skeleton.

  5. The human body.

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anatomy   (ə-nāt'ə-mē)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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anatomy definition


The structure of an animal or plant; also, the study of this structure through techniques such as microscopic observation and dissection. (Compare morphology and physiology.)

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Example sentences
Disable its action and muscles will grow in parts of the anatomy where other
  animals do not even have them.
Its anatomy and evolution shed light on the profound differences between humans
  and other animals.
Perhaps they share anatomy with their closest cousins: antelopes, gazelles,
  goats and sheep — renowned jumpers all.
They have looked at the anatomy of sprinters and found that their feet are
  built differently from those of couch potatoes.
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