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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ As well as medical preparations, it contained a great deal of comparative anatomy, including fossils.
▪ Works on comparative anatomy continued this tradition, though by the nineteenth century there was more caution about using mankind.
▪ Owen was also put in charge of the College's museum, an important source of specimens for comparative anatomy.
▪ But the early debates were conducted almost entirely in terms of comparative anatomy and paleontology.
▪ And the ear is not the only sensitive part of the human anatomy which Cloverleaf is designed to appeal to.
▪ Departures from normal human anatomy were marked in red.
▪ A vulnerable part of the human anatomy.
▪ Such were Victor Frankenstein's perfectionist obsessions in relation to human anatomy, when he began his investigations into the nature of life.
▪ Diogenes backed up his theory of the importance of air circulating through the body with some primitive human anatomy.
▪ It was a book of animal anatomy.
▪ And fewer than 10 % of shoe salespeople have had even basic training in foot anatomy or shoe sizing.
▪ As well as medical preparations, it contained a great deal of comparative anatomy, including fossils.
▪ He became assistant to the Professor and demonstrator of anatomy, at £25 perannum, plus coals for his sitting room.
▪ She read Victorian novels and studied textbooks of anatomy.
▪ This book is not an analysis of that anatomy.
▪ We unfolded them carefully, spread them out gently, and studied their anatomy.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Anatomy \A*nat"o*my\, n.; pl. Anatomies. [F. anatomie, L. anatomia, Gr. ? dissection, fr. ? to cut up; ? + ? to cut.]

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

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

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

    Note: ``Animal anatomy'' is sometimes called zomy; ``vegetable anatomy,'' phytotomy; ``human anatomy,'' anthropotomy.

    Comparative anatomy compares the structure of different kinds and classes of animals.

  3. A treatise or book on anatomy.

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

  5. A skeleton; anything anatomized or dissected, or which has the appearance of being so.

    The anatomy of a little child, representing all parts thereof, is accounted a greater rarity than the skeleton of a man in full stature.

    They brought one Pinch, a hungry, lean-faced villain, A mere anatomy.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "study of the structure of living beings;" c.1400, "anatomical structures," from Old French anatomie, from Late Latin anatomia, from Greek anatomia, from anatome "dissection," from ana- "up" (see ana-) + temnein "to cut" (see tome). "Dissection" (1540s), "mummy" (1580s), and "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]


n. 1 The art of studying the different parts of any organized body, to discover their situation, structure, and economy; dissection. 2 The science that deals with the form and structure of organic bodies; anatomical structure or organization. 3 A treatise or book on anatomy. 4 The act of dividing anything, corporeal or intellectual, for the purpose of examining its parts; analysis; as, the anatomy of a discourse. 5 (context colloquial English) 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. 6 (context archaic English) A skeleton, or dead body. 7 The physical or functional organization of an organism, or part of it.

  1. n. the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals [syn: general anatomy]

  2. 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" [syn: human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, shape, bod, chassis, frame, form, flesh]

  3. a detailed analysis; "he studied the anatomy of crimes"

Anatomy (film)

Anatomy is a 2000 German horror film written and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky that stars Franka Potente. A sequel, Anatomy 2 (Anatomie 2) was released in 2003. The film enjoyed a huge box office success in Germany, and Columbia Pictures released the film's English- dubbed version in the United States theatrically.

Anatomy (album)

Anatomy is the 4th album by Dream pop band Drugstore. It was released in 2011, following an eight-year hiatus by the band, and available both as a CD and as a limited edition clear vinyl. The album was recorded at with Steve Lyon on Platts Eyot, Hampton, a small island in the River Thames.

Anatomy (Stan Ridgway album)

Anatomy is an album by Stan Ridgway, released in October 1999 through Ultramodern/ New West Records. The disc includes three songs, "Camouflage," "I Wanna Be A Boss," and "The Roadblock," which were recorded live at the Strand in Los Angeles on November 2, 1991. They are available in Liquid Audio format.


Anatomy is the branch of biology concerned with the study of the structure of organisms and their parts. Anatomy is inherently tied to embryology, comparative anatomy, evolutionary biology, and phylogeny, as these are the processes by which anatomy is generated over immediate (embryology) and long (evolution) timescales. Human anatomy is one of the basic essential sciences of medicine.

The discipline of anatomy is divided into macroscopic and microscopic anatomy. 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.

Anatomy and physiology, which study (respectively) the structure and function of organisms and their parts, make a natural pair of related disciplines, and they are often studied together.

Anatomy (disambiguation)

Anatomy is the biological science concerned with the structure of living things

Anatomy may also refer to:

  • Human anatomy, the biological science concerned with the structure of the human body
  • Plant anatomy, the biological science concerned with the structure of plants
  • Anatomy (film), released in 2000, a German horror film
  • Anatomy 2, released in 2003, the sequel to the film Anatomy
  • Amatory anatomy, a style of English poetry
  • The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek, the second full-length album by Christian rock band Relient K
  • "Anatomy", a song by The Devil Wears Prada from the album Zombie EP
  • "Anatomic", a song by the Afro Celt Sound System from the album Volume 5: Anatomic
  • Project Anatomy (also Integration Anatomy) a project planning and follow-up tool that visualizes the dependencies between project results in (complex) development projects
  • System Anatomy a systems development tool that visualizes the dependencies between system capabilities in (complex) systems

Usage examples of "anatomy".

Either the analysand is phenomenally ignorant of anatomy, especially female anatomy, or he is here hallucinating a manic wish-fantasy born of libido too long suppressed.

Tarantella, tarantula extraordinaire, paused on the stone step, produced a microscopically small lipstick from some hidden part of her anatomy, and raked the family with a withering stare.

The future of anatomy and physiology, as an enthusiastic micrologist of the time said, was in the hands of Messrs.

The blade took the science of anatomy and dueling and overlaid it on the fight.

It was the color of the filth on the lamp, but wet, its too-naked anatomy full of peristaltic motions.

Ressler, rising science star, split, flapped, and pinned out like a cat in undergraduate anatomy.

Flesher gestalt, limited by anatomy, was much more subdued than the polis versions, but ve thought ve could detect a growing number of faces expressing consternation.

She became so skilful that she was made the prosector of anatomy, that is, one who prepares bodies for demonstration by the professors.

The comment came from Professor Schorn, an authority on comparative anatomy, who had arrived from Stuttgart a few days before.

It was, so people said, the work of an erstwhile veterinary surgeon, and showed a number of life-size horses in a meadow, fantastic horses, blue, violet, and pink, whose astonishing anatomy transpierced their sides.

He was worried about the exact anatomy of incubi and succubi, and he worried if it was proper to take communion on Friday since, by the unquestionable doctrine of transubstantiation, the baked wheat flour of the Host and the wine, after being taken, were transmuted into the body and blood of Christ.

He had frequently illustrated his verses with drawings, in which an unperfect anatomy did not altogether hide extreme beauty of feeling.

Played on the stops of their anatomy As is the mewling music on the strings Of yonder ship-masts by the unweeting wind, Or the frail tune upon this withering sedge That holds its papery blades against the gale?

Lord would stirre up the hearts of some or other of his people in England to give some maintenance toward some Schoole or Collegiate exercise this way, wherein there should be Anatomies and other instructions that way, and where there might be some recompence given to any that should bring in any vegetable or other thing that is vertuous in the way of Physick.

A sudden, startling white-light image showed living, breathing Siamese twins, impossibly transected to expose raw pink-and-gray muscles working side-by-side with shape-memory alloys and piezoelectric actuators, flesher and gleisner anatomies interpenetrating.