anatomy[ə nat′ə mē]
- The definition of anatomy is the branch of science that deals with the structure of plants and animals.
The study of the structure of the human leg is an example of a study in the field of anatomy.
- the dissecting of an animal or plant in order to determine the position, structure, etc. of its parts
- the science of the morphology or structure of animals or plants
- the structure of an organism or body
- a detailed analysis
- Archaic a skeleton
Origin of anatomyMiddle English and amp; Old French anatomie ; from Late Latin anatomia ; from Classical Greek anatomia, anatomē, a cutting up ; from anatemnein ; from ana-, up + temnein, to cut: see -tomy
- The bodily structure of a plant or an animal or of any of its parts.
- The science of the shape and structure of organisms and their parts.
- A treatise on anatomic science.
- Dissection of a plant or animal to study the structure, position, and interrelation of its various parts.
- A skeleton.
- The human body.
- A detailed examination or analysis: the anatomy of a crime.
Origin of anatomyMiddle English anatomie, from Late Latin anatomia, from Greek anatomē, dissection : ana-, ana- + tomē, a cutting (from temnein, to cut; see tem- in Indo-European roots).
anatomy the study of the body and its parts. —anatomist, n. —anatomical, adj. androtomy Obsolete, human anatomy. anthropometry the study concerned with the measurements of the proportions, size, and weight of the human body. —anthropometrist, n. —anthropometric, anthropometrical, adj. anthroposcopy Physiology, Rare. the labeling of the type of body structure by nonanthropometric means. anthropotomy the anatomy of the human body. —anthropotomist, n. —anthropotomical, adj. aponeurology Physiology. the study of aponeuroses, membranes that can serve as muscle sheaths or as connectors between muscles and tendons. arteriography the scientific description of the arterial system. —arteriographic, arteriographical, adj. desmography a written work on the ligaments of the human body. —desmographic, desmographical, adj. eccrinology the branch of anatomy and physiology that studies secretions and the secretory glands. gargoylism an abnormal physical condition characterized by extensive structural defects of the skeleton and by gross mental deficiency. hepatography the description of the structure and function of the liver. —hepatographic, hepatographical, adj. heprography the description of the structure and function of kidneys. —heprographic, heprographical, adj. histology a branch of anatomy that deals with the microscopic features of animal and plant tissues. Also called microscopical anatomy. —histologist, n. —histological, adj. laryngography the scientific description of the larynx. —laryngographic, laryngographical, adj. microscopical anatomy histology. myography the measurement of muscular phenomena, such as the velocity and intensity of muscular contractions. —myographic, adj. myology 1. the branch of anatomy that studies muscles and musculature. 2. the muscular makeup of an animal or anatomical unit. —myologic, adj. organography the scientific description of the organs of plants and animals. —organographist, n. —organographic, organographical, adj. osteology the branch of anatomy that studies the skeleton and bones. —osteologist, n. —osteologie, osteological, adj. pelycology the study of pelvic structure. —pelycologic, pelycological, adj. pharyngography the scientific description of the pharynx. —pharyngographic, pharyngographical, adj. pneumography 1. an account of the structure and function of the lungs. 2. the recording of the activity of the lungs during respiration. —pneumograph, n. —pneumographic, pneumographical, adj. prosector 1. a person who dissects cadavers for the purpose of anatomical demonstration. 2. a person who performs autopsies. —prosectorial, adj. splanchnology the branch of anatomy that studies the viscera. syndesmography an anatomical treatise on or description of the joints and ligaments of the body. syndesmology 1. the anatomy of the ligaments of the body. 2. the science or study of ligaments. syntropy the condition of having a series of similar parts with the same spatial orientation, e.g. the ribs. —syntropic, adj. syssarcosis the joining of two or more bones by muscle. zootomy 1. the dissection of animals other than man. 2. the anatomy of animals. —zootomist, n. —zootomic, zootomical, adj.
- The art of studying the different parts of any organized body, to discover their situation, structure, and economy; dissection.
- The science that deals with the form and structure of organic bodies; anatomical structure or organization.
- Animal anatomy is also called zomy or zootomy; vegetable anatomy, phytotomy; and human anatomy, anthropotomy.
- A treatise or book on anatomy.
- The act of dividing anything, corporeal or intellectual, for the purpose of examining its parts; analysis; as, the anatomy of a discourse.
- (colloquial) 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."
- (archaic) A skeleton, or dead body.
- The physical or functional organization of an organism, or part of it.