Definition of anatomy in English:

anatomy

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The branch of science concerned with the bodily structure of humans, animals, and other living organisms, especially as revealed by dissection and the separation of parts.

    ‘he studied physiology and anatomy’
    ‘human anatomy’
    • ‘Korean students of traditional medicine are taught courses such as biology, anatomy, physiology, and pathology by the same faculty as the students of Western medicine.’
    • ‘The basic human sciences involved are anatomy, physiology, and psychology.’
    • ‘The Gunther von Hagens of the renaissance: Vesalius's public dissections turned anatomy into a stage production’
    • ‘His work covered four main themes: painting, architecture, the elements of mechanics, and human anatomy.’
    • ‘Nearly all early anthropologists received at least some medical training in human anatomy.’
    • ‘He visited the zoo in Berlin several times and from 1907 to 1910 earned a good part of his living by teaching animal anatomy to artists.’
    • ‘The book is primarily designed for students of forensic anthropology and presumes a background in human anatomy and osteology.’
    • ‘No study in the history of physics, chemistry, biology or human anatomy and physiology has determined the concept of chi to be an accurate description of how the body works.’
    • ‘To prepare her for this role, Perry and her classmates covered two semesters worth of coursework in human anatomy and physiology.’
    • ‘Like all League tutors, McDaid is trained in anatomy, physiology, science of movement, personal performance and choreography.’
    • ‘The conference was chaired by Dr Peter Dangerfield, a lecturer in human anatomy at Liverpool University’
    • ‘The rough portrayal of both human anatomy and the landscape indicates not the artist's incompetence but rather the intention to fashion the images in the way the book was to be enjoyed.’
    • ‘But then, there is no better way than dissection to learn animal anatomy and as such, one has to put up with it, right?’
    • ‘Take, for example, the sad case of Michael Servetus, who had worked with the father of anatomy, Andreas Vesalius, as a prosector in Paris.’
    • ‘He also left extensive studies of human anatomy based on dissection of animals and anatomical writings of others.’
    • ‘Some of his special interests included human anatomy, where he made medical discoveries that were only recently understood, within the last 50 years.’
    • ‘Since the sixteenth century, human anatomy had been one of the most venerated medical sciences of the early modern period.’
    • ‘From my understanding of human anatomy and physiology and my understanding of God, I say that the form of God's creation always matches its function.’
    • ‘It's called ‘Close to the Bone’ and claims to provide a blend of cooking, surgery, and lessons in human anatomy.’
    • ‘He is the only person to hold three professorships simultaneously at Wits University - anatomy, human biology and palaeoanthropology.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]The bodily structure of an organism.
      ‘descriptions of the cat's anatomy and behaviour’
      • ‘But buyers who expected to see a dramatic difference in their anatomies were sorely disappointed.’
      • ‘The Louvre has sent a tiny St George that shows how dodgy was his early grasp of animal and human anatomy.’
      • ‘It is because this book has something important to say to ‘normates’ about their own lives, as well as about the lives of conjoined twins, that it stands a real chance of changing how we think about those with atypical anatomies.’
      • ‘Magnetic resonance imaging is an imaging technique that provides superior tissue visualization of human anatomy.’
      • ‘Natural Born Heroes also reveals how the anatomy of the human face is unique in the animal kingdom and can show an extraordinary range of emotions.’
      • ‘The anatomy of different oaks has implications for barrel making.’
      • ‘But we've got some concerns that those programs, because they use artificial conditions, may result in animals with sub optimal behaviours and physiologies and anatomies and so on that may actually not help the survival.’
      • ‘He provided the groundwork for the session by reviewing the cranial and spinal anatomy and nerve structure and the neurological assessment.’
      • ‘Although there are obvious differences between humans and animals in terms of anatomy and diet, the pathophysiological and clinical parallels may be greater than previously thought.’
      • ‘I'm more concerned with the fact that human and duck anatomy is so gosh darn similar.’
      • ‘Many orthopedic conditions, just like dimples or cleft chins, are just normal variations of human anatomy that don't require treatment.’
      • ‘Farm animals are valuable models for normal human anatomy and physiology and for many disease states.’
      • ‘The meat-happy book's unintentional humor peaks with diagrams of different animals' anatomies.’
      • ‘But it has led scientists to believe that some animals with very different anatomies are related - for instance, the kangaroo and the platypus, and the hippo and whale.’
      • ‘Not that I'm not very familiar with a hedgehog's anatomy but it's what I imagine the back third of a hedgehog would be like.’
      • ‘The following famous anatomists identified and described pancreatic anatomy and physiology.’
      • ‘And even though you pretend to be rough and tough, nobody likes to see themselves referred to as nether parts of human or animal anatomy.’
      • ‘Mice and humans share much anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, and pharmacology, but there are some major differences.’
      • ‘Henry, and the rest of the scientific world, was eager to learn the effects of a suborbital flight on a monkey, whose anatomy resembles that of humans.’
      • ‘But the overriding theme served to elucidate his orientation to engineering principles based on human and animal anatomy.’
    2. 1.2informal [count noun]A person's body.
      ‘every part of his anatomy hurt’
      ‘she was unable to reach for the bag in case she revealed more of her anatomy than she already had’
      • ‘‘Secrets my foot,’ growled Old Tom, although he mentioned a different part of the anatomy.’
      • ‘Hedera blanched and scrambled to her feet, far more alert than her parents, who were rubbing whatever parts of their anatomies had been injured in the tip of the boat.’
      • ‘I wondered if the kite's head-stick gets its name from the part of the anatomy it ends up embedded in as it comes crashing back to earth.’
      • ‘These pumped-up strongmen show off the peaks and valleys of their anatomies, exaggerated by both their extreme physical condition and the intense lighting that reflected off their oiled-up, leathery hides.’
      • ‘The word also means that rude gesture with the fist clenched and lower arm raised mimicking another part of the anatomy.’
      • ‘I hate to state the obvious, but ‘curves’ can apply to various parts of the anatomy, not just the chest.’
      • ‘Pains in other parts of the anatomy also come to mind whenever I think about him.’
      • ‘This suggests that a milkshake is a process, and not a bus, or indeed a part of the anatomy.’
      • ‘What other part of the anatomy can I show that is going to top that?’
      • ‘Jonathan came over, and taking her hand, lightly touched his lips to that gloved part of the anatomy.’
      • ‘Do parts of the anatomy grow and shape-shift in the night as you sleep?’
      • ‘Instead of his head, Jack has a different part of his anatomy patched up with vinegar and brown paper.’
      • ‘To paraphrase Tommy's robust phraseology, O'Neill will kick certain parts of the anatomy.’
      • ‘We then moved on to a series of movements, including touching toes, heels, knees or any other part of the anatomy you could reach, as we bounced.’
      • ‘While there was plenty of enjoyment on the trip there was also plenty of hardship and tales of aching legs and other parts of the anatomy.’
      • ‘As a result, I decided to redefine certain parts of the anatomy based on their various functions they provide.’
      • ‘Blood, guts, gore, young men in the prime of life having vital parts of their anatomies blown off: it was the grimmest slab of celluloid I have ever paid money to see.’
      • ‘Speaking about aches in southern regions of the anatomy, what about Becks's female counterpart, the tennis impostor Anna Kournikova?’
  • 2A study of the structure or internal workings of something.

    ‘a detailed anatomy of a society and its institutions’
    • ‘In his letter yesterday, Mr Espinal, described a lengthy anatomy of his service collapse, and took readers through the layers of technical foul-ups.’
    • ‘The real value in his account, however, is in its detailed anatomy of failed institutional leadership.’
    • ‘These two cases, in the context of the changing face of Detroit, present an anatomy of the white-ifying of hip-hop.’
    • ‘While this book effectively illustrates the history of terrorism, it is less successful in its claim to offer an anatomy of the phenomenon, although it does try hard.’
    • ‘Whatever the motive, federal misfeasance is getting the blame in many media anatomies of the catastrophe.’
    • ‘Neill refuses to wonder but instead conducts an anatomy of the anecdote's historical conditions through the opening.’
    • ‘Whether it's blunt trauma wounds, the path of a bullet or the anatomy of a fight, we see it all.’
    • ‘Webster employs this episode in a final analysis of the anatomy of contemporary New Zealand anthropology and Maori studies.’
    • ‘In the period since Tony Blair took office in May 1997, anatomies of Britain have been tumbling from the presses in dizzying profusion.’
    • ‘He has picked up the latest version of the anatomy of GAA positions, but I have only room left to deal with the first line of defence this week.’
    • ‘Films about films are no great novelty in the DVD age, but Lost in La Mancha is a rarity: an anatomy of a film that never was.’
    • ‘Hello and welcome to the anatomy of democracy, the perils of democracy and the truth about democracy.’
    • ‘Although several books have been produced recently on sectional anatomy, none appear to be intended as detailed, comprehensive anatomies.’
    • ‘For much of Bénabou's writing can be read as an anatomy of reading; and looming at the center thereof is the search for the ideal Reader.’
    • ‘This is not an anatomy of his murder, nor the autopsy of a black man lynched by three young white males, but more an evocation of how this event fits in to a landscape and climate as much mental as physical.’
    • ‘On their own, these arguments contribute to the anatomy of urban tribes begun in the first section of the book.’
    • ‘A detailed anatomy of misordered situations shows that deviations from the true order in such cases are due mainly to interchanges of adjacent markers.’
    • ‘The process of desire is manifested in movement form, and becomes a rhythm ‘like an anatomy of the ebb and flow of wanting.’’
    • ‘As Greig put it: ‘The play's roots were not in the bloodbaths of post-modern cinema, but in the Shakespearean anatomies of reduced men: Lear on the heath and Timon in his cave.’’
    • ‘The most convenient or tractable mathematical solutions were used for anatomies or different classes of structures.’
    analysis, examination, inspection, survey, study, scrutiny, perusal
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French anatomie or late Latin anatomia, from Greek, from ana- up + tomia cutting (from temnein to cut).

Pronunciation:

anatomy

/əˈnatəmi/