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Dictionary Definition



1 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"

User Contributed Dictionary



From etyl fr anatomie, from etyl la anatomia, from etyl grc ἀνατομία, from ἀνατομή, from ἀνα- + τομή.


  • /əˈnætəmi/, /@"n

Extensive Definition

Anatomy (from the Greek anatomia, from ana: separate, apart from, and temnein, to cut up, cut open) is a branch of biology that is the consideration of the structure of living things. It is a general term that includes human anatomy, animal anatomy (zootomy) and plant anatomy (phytotomy). 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 (or macroscopic anatomy) and microscopic anatomy. in line with modern teaching methods. A thorough working knowledge of anatomy is required by all medical doctors, especially surgeons, and doctors working in some diagnostic specialities, such as histopathology and radiology.
Academic human anatomists are usually employed by universities, medical schools or teaching hospitals. They are often involved in teaching anatomy, and research into certain systems, organs, tissues or cells.

Other branches

Comparative anatomy relates to the comparison of anatomical structures (both gross and microscopic) in different animals.
Anthropological anatomy or physical anthropology relates to the comparison of the anatomy of different races of humans.
Artistic anatomy relates to anatomic studies for artistic reasons.

See also

General anatomy:
Human anatomy:


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aerobiology, agrobiology, amnion, analysis, analyzation, anatomist, anatomizing, angiography, angiology, animal physiology, anthropography, anthropologist, anthropology, anthropometry, anthropotomy, appendicular skeleton, architectonics, architecture, arrangement, assay, assaying, astrobiology, axial skeleton, bacteriology, behavioral science, biochemics, biochemistry, biochemy, bioecology, biological science, biology, biometrics, biometry, bionics, bionomics, biophysics, bladder, bleb, blister, body, body-build, boll, bones, botany, breakdown, breaking down, breaking up, breakup, build, building, calyx, capsule, carcass, cell, cell physiology, clay, clod, comparative anatomy, composition, conchology, conformation, constitution, construction, corpus, craniology, craniometry, creation, cryobiology, cybernetics, cyst, cytology, demography, diaeresis, dissection, division, docimasy, ecology, electrobiology, embryology, entomology, enzymology, ethnobiology, ethnography, ethnologist, ethnology, ethology, exobiology, exoskeleton, fabric, fabrication, fashion, fashioning, figure, fistula, flesh, follicle, forging, form, format, formation, frame, gallbladder, genetics, geomorphology, getup, gnotobiotics, gravimetric analysis, helminthology, herpetology, histologist, histology, hulk, human ecology, human geography, ichthyology, legume, life science, loculus, make, makeup, making, malacology, mammalogy, manufacture, marsupium, material body, microbiology, mold, molding, molecular biology, morphologist, morphology, myography, myology, organic structure, organism, organization, organography, organology, ornithology, osteography, osteology, pattern, patterning, pericarp, person, pharmacology, physical body, physiology, physique, plan, pocket, pod, production, protozoology, proximate analysis, psychology, quantitative analysis, radiobiology, reduction to elements, resolution, sac, saccule, sacculus, saccus, science of man, scrotum, seedcase, segmentation, semimicroanalysis, separation, setup, shape, shaping, silique, sinus, skeleton, sociologist, sociology, soma, sound, splanchnography, splanchnology, stomach, structure, structuring, subdivision, taxidermy, taxonomy, tectology, tectonics, texture, tissue, torso, trunk, udder, vasculum, ventricle, vesica, vesicle, virology, warp and woof, weave, web, xenobiology, zoogeography, zoography, zoology, zoonomy, zoopathology, zoophysics, zootaxy, zootomy
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