What does anatomy mean?

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əˈnæt ə mianato·my

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anatomy, general anatomynoun

    the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals

  2. human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, form, fleshnoun

    alternative names for the body of a human being

    "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"

  3. anatomynoun

    a detailed analysis

    "he studied the anatomy of crimes"


  1. anatomynoun

    The art of studying the different parts of any organized body, to discover their situation, structure, and economy; dissection.

  2. anatomynoun

    The science that deals with the form and structure of organic bodies; anatomical structure or organization.

  3. anatomynoun

    A treatise or book on anatomy.

  4. anatomynoun

    The act of dividing anything, corporeal or intellectual, for the purpose of examining its parts; analysis; as, the anatomy of a discourse.

  5. anatomynoun

    The form of an individual, particularly a person, used in a tongue in cheek manner, as might be a term used by a medical professional, but in a markedly a less formal context, in which a touch of irony becomes apparent.

    "I went to the Venice beach body building competition and noticed the competitor from Athen, and boy oh boy lemme tell ya, that's what a call classic Greek anatomy."

  6. anatomynoun

    A skeleton, or dead body.

  7. Etymology: From anatomie, from anatomia, from ἀνατομία, from ἀνατομή, from ἀνά + τέμνω (surface analysis), literally “cut up”.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ANATOMYnoun

    Etymology: ἀνατομία.

    It is therefore in the anatomy of the mind, as in that of the body; more good will accrue to mankind, by attending to the large, open, and perceptible parts, than by studying too much such finer nerves and vessels, as will for ever escape our observation. Alexander Pope, Essay on Man, Pref.

    Let the muscles be well inserted and bound together, according to the knowledge of them which is given us by anatomy. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    When a moneyed man hath divided his chests, he seemeth to himself richer than he was; therefore, a way to amplify any thing, is to break it, and to make anatomy of it in several parts. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    O that my tongue were in the thunder’s mouth,
    Then with a passion I would shake the world,
    And rouze from sleep that fell anatomy,
    Which cannot hear a feeble lady’s voice. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    They brought one Pinch, a hungry lean-fac’d villain,
    A meer anatomy, a mountebank,
    A thread-bare juggler, and a fortune-teller,
    A needy hollow-ey’d, sharp-looking wretch,
    A living dead man. William Shakespeare, Comedy of Errours.


  1. Anatomy

    Anatomy (from Ancient Greek ἀνατομή (anatomḗ) 'dissection') is the branch of biology concerned with the study of the structure of organisms and their parts. Anatomy is a branch of natural science that deals with the structural organization of living things. It is an old science, having its beginnings in prehistoric times. Anatomy is inherently tied to developmental biology, embryology, comparative anatomy, evolutionary biology, and phylogeny, as these are the processes by which anatomy is generated, both over immediate and long-term timescales. Anatomy and physiology, which study the structure and function of organisms and their parts respectively, make a natural pair of related disciplines, and are often studied together. Human anatomy is one of the essential basic sciences that are applied in medicine.The discipline of anatomy is divided into macroscopic and microscopic. Macroscopic anatomy, or gross anatomy, is the examination of an animal's body parts using unaided eyesight. Gross anatomy also includes the branch of superficial anatomy. Microscopic anatomy involves the use of optical instruments in the study of the tissues of various structures, known as histology, and also in the study of cells. The history of anatomy is characterized by a progressive understanding of the functions of the organs and structures of the human body. Methods have also improved dramatically, advancing from the examination of animals by dissection of carcasses and cadavers (corpses) to 20th century medical imaging techniques, including X-ray, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging.


  1. anatomy

    Anatomy is the scientific study of the structure of living organisms, including their systems, organs, tissues, and cells. It involves the identification and description of the physical details of biological organisms, which could range from the microscopic level to the whole organism. It is fundamental to the fields of biology and medicine. It can be divided into specific areas such as human anatomy, animal anatomy, plant anatomy, and more.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anatomynoun

    the art of dissecting, or artificially separating the different parts of any organized body, to discover their situation, structure, and economy; dissection

  2. Anatomynoun

    the science which treats of the structure of organic bodies; anatomical structure or organization

  3. Anatomynoun

    a treatise or book on anatomy

  4. Anatomynoun

    the act of dividing anything, corporeal or intellectual, for the purpose of examining its parts; analysis; as, the anatomy of a discourse

  5. Anatomynoun

    a skeleton; anything anatomized or dissected, or which has the appearance of being so

  6. Etymology: [F. anatomie, L. anatomia, Gr. dissection, fr. to cut up; + to cut.]


  1. Anatomy

    Anatomy is a branch of biology and medicine that considers the structure of living things. It is a general term that includes human anatomy, animal anatomy, and plant anatomy. In some of its facets anatomy is closely related to embryology, comparative anatomy and comparative embryology, through common roots in evolution. Anatomy is subdivided into gross anatomy and microscopic anatomy. Gross anatomy is the study of anatomical structures that can, when suitably presented or dissected, be seen by unaided vision with the naked eye. Microscopic anatomy is the study of minute anatomical structures on a microscopic scale. It includes histology, and cytology. The terms microanatomy and histology are also sometimes used synonymously. The history of anatomy has been characterized, over time, by a continually developing understanding of the functions of organs and structures in the body. Methods have also improved dramatically, advancing from examination of animals through dissection of cadavers to technologically complex techniques developed in the 20th century including X-ray, ultrasound, and MRI.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anatomy

    an-a′tom-i, n. the art of dissecting any organised body: science of the structure of the body learned by dissection: a skeleton, a shrivelled and shrunken body, a mummy: (fig.) the lifeless form or shadow of anything: humorously for the body generally: the detailed analysis of anything, as in Burton's famous treatise, The Anatomy of Melancholy.—adjs. Anatom′ic, -al, relating to anatomy.—adv. Anatom′ically.—v.t. Anat′omise, to dissect a body: (fig.) to lay open minutely.—n. Anat′omist, one skilled in anatomy. [Gr. ana, up, asunder, temnein, to cut.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Anatomy

    A branch of biology dealing with the structure of organisms.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anatomy in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anatomy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of anatomy in a Sentence

  1. John Long:

    Its frustrating for most of us paleontologists that wejust have only the brain case and part of theskull roof, it would be nice to know about its jaws, teeth and cheek plates, but that must await further discoveries to fully understand the anatomy of Janusiscus.

  2. John Ruskin:

    Mountains are to the rest of the body of the earth, what violent muscular action is to the body of man. The muscles and tendons of its anatomy are, in the mountain, brought out with force and convulsive energy, full of expression, passion, and strength.

  3. Oliver Sacks:

    In examining disease, we gain wisdom about anatomy and physiology and biology. In examining the person with disease, we gain wisdom about life.

  4. Robert Stevens:

    It's also very clear that a woman's brain is not the same as a man's brain in many, many respects, not just in terms of the way women think, it's different in terms of the actual anatomy.

  5. Sigmund Freud:

    Anatomy is destiny.

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  • Rehan Aryan
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    pashto study of human anatomy.
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