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anthropometry

[an-thruh-pom-i-tree] /ˌæn θrəˈpɒm ɪ tri/
noun
1.
the measurement of the size and proportions of the human body.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; anthropo- + -metry
Related forms
anthropometric
[an-thruh-puh-me-trik, -poh-] /ˌæn θrə pəˈmɛ trɪk, -poʊ-/ (Show IPA),
anthropometrical, adjective
anthropometrically, adverb
anthropometrist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for anthropometrically

anthropometry

/ˌænθrəˈpɒmɪtrɪ/
noun
1.
the comparative study of sizes and proportions of the human body
Derived Forms
anthropometric (ˌænθrəpəˈmɛtrɪk), anthropometrical, adjective
anthropometrically, adverb
anthropometrist, noun
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Word Origin and History for anthropometrically

anthropometry

n.

1839, "acquaintance with the dimensions of the parts of the human body," from anthropo- + -metry. Perhaps modeled on French anthropometrie.

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anthropometrically in Medicine

anthropometry an·thro·pom·e·try (ān'thrə-pŏm'ĭ-trē)
n.
The branch of anthropology concerned with comparative measurements of the human body and its parts.


an'thro·po·met'ric (-pə-mět'rĭk) or an'thro·po·met'ri·cal (-rĭ-kəl) adj.
an'thro·po·met'ri·cal·ly adv.
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anthropometrically in Science
anthropometry
  (ān'thrə-pŏm'ĭ-trē)   
The study of human body measurement for use in anthropological classification and comparison. The use of such data as skull dimensions and body proportions in the attempt to classify human beings into racial, ethnic, and national groups has been largely discredited, but anthropometric techniques are still used in physical anthropology and paleoanthropology, especially to study evolutionary change in fossil hominid remains.
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Encyclopedia Article for anthropometrically

anthropometry

the systematic collection and correlation of measurements of the human body. Now one of the principal techniques of physical anthropology, the discipline originated in the 19th century, when early studies of human biological and cultural evolution stimulated an interest in the systematic description of populations both living and extinct. In the latter part of the 19th century, anthropometric data were applied, often subjectively, by social scientists attempting to support theories associating biological race with levels of cultural and intellectual development. The Italian psychiatrist and sociologist Cesare Lombroso, seeking physical evidence of the so-called criminal type, used the methods of anthropometry to examine and categorize prison inmates.

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