Definition of anatomize in English:


Line breaks: anat¦om|ize
Pronunciation: /əˈnatəmʌɪz
(also anatomise)


[with object]
  • 1Dissect (a body): he was sentenced to be hanged and then anatomized
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    • They were not like Da Vinci, who would anatomize corpses to learn about the conformation of the human body.
    • He also uses anatomising skill to get under the skin of these shifty doctors.
    • Torn, we are told, was so obsessed by anatomical study that he stashed anatomized body parts under his bed, an unhealthy practice that contributed to his early death.
  • 1.1Examine and analyse in detail: successful comedy is notoriously difficult to anatomize
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    • There was no leader whose speech could be dissected, no party whose splits could be anatomised, no single manifesto whose implications could be discussed.
    • A New Shirt, a novel, and the story collections The Mourning Thief, Lebanon Lodge, and A Link with the River show Hogan anatomizing his own fictional world of the western midlands.
    • In anatomizing character, the Victorians' leading fear ‘was not moral relativism but weakness of will.’


late Middle English: from medieval Latin anatomizare, from anatomia (see anatomy).

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