noun (plural anatomies)
- 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 anatomyMore example sentences
- The basic human sciences involved are anatomy, physiology, and psychology.
- 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.
- 1.1 [count noun] The bodily structure of an organism: descriptions of the cat’s anatomy and behaviourMore example sentences
- 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.
- The meat-happy book's unintentional humor peaks with diagrams of different animals' anatomies.
- The anatomy of different oaks has implications for barrel making.
- 1.2 [count noun] • informal 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 hadMore example sentences
- Speaking about aches in southern regions of the anatomy, what about Becks's female counterpart, the tennis impostor Anna Kournikova?
- What other part of the anatomy can I show that is going to top that?
- Pains in other parts of the anatomy also come to mind whenever I think about him.
- 2A study of the structure or internal workings of something: a detailed anatomy of a society and its institutionsMore example sentences
- Although several books have been produced recently on sectional anatomy, none appear to be intended as detailed, comprehensive anatomies.
- Webster employs this episode in a final analysis of the anatomy of contemporary New Zealand anthropology and Maori studies.
- 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.
late Middle English: from Old French anatomie or late Latin anatomia, from Greek, from ana- 'up' + tomia 'cutting' (from temnein 'to cut').