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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.