Meaning of anatomy in English:


Pronunciation /əˈnatəmi/

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  • 1mass 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 anatomy’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's called ‘Close to the Bone’ and claims to provide a blend of cooking, surgery, and lessons in human anatomy.’
    • ‘The conference was chaired by Dr Peter Dangerfield, a lecturer in human anatomy at Liverpool University’
    • ‘From my understanding of human anatomy and physiology and my understanding of God, I say that the form of God's creation always matches its function.’
    • ‘To prepare her for this role, Perry and her classmates covered two semesters worth of coursework in human anatomy and physiology.’
    • ‘He also left extensive studies of human anatomy based on dissection of animals and anatomical writings of others.’
    • ‘He visited the zoo in Berlin several times and from 1907 to 1910 earned a good part of his living by teaching animal anatomy to artists.’
    • ‘He is the only person to hold three professorships simultaneously at Wits University - anatomy, human biology and palaeoanthropology.’
    • ‘Since the sixteenth century, human anatomy had been one of the most venerated medical sciences of the early modern period.’
    • ‘Korean students of traditional medicine are taught courses such as biology, anatomy, physiology, and pathology by the same faculty as the students of Western medicine.’
    • ‘Take, for example, the sad case of Michael Servetus, who had worked with the father of anatomy, Andreas Vesalius, as a prosector in Paris.’
    • ‘But then, there is no better way than dissection to learn animal anatomy and as such, one has to put up with it, right?’
    • ‘The Gunther von Hagens of the renaissance: Vesalius's public dissections turned anatomy into a stage production’
    • ‘Nearly all early anthropologists received at least some medical training in human anatomy.’
    • ‘His work covered four main themes: painting, architecture, the elements of mechanics, and human anatomy.’
    • ‘Like all League tutors, McDaid is trained in anatomy, physiology, science of movement, personal performance and choreography.’
    • ‘Some of his special interests included human anatomy, where he made medical discoveries that were only recently understood, within the last 50 years.’
    • ‘The rough portrayal of both human anatomy and the landscape indicates not the artist's incompetence but rather the intention to fashion the images in the way the book was to be enjoyed.’
    1. 1.1count noun The bodily structure of an organism.
      ‘descriptions of the cat's anatomy and behaviour’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But we've got some concerns that those programs, because they use artificial conditions, may result in animals with sub optimal behaviours and physiologies and anatomies and so on that may actually not help the survival.’
      • ‘But buyers who expected to see a dramatic difference in their anatomies were sorely disappointed.’
      • ‘Not that I'm not very familiar with a hedgehog's anatomy but it's what I imagine the back third of a hedgehog would be like.’
      • ‘It is because this book has something important to say to ‘normates’ about their own lives, as well as about the lives of conjoined twins, that it stands a real chance of changing how we think about those with atypical anatomies.’
      • ‘Mice and humans share much anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, and pharmacology, but there are some major differences.’
      • ‘But the overriding theme served to elucidate his orientation to engineering principles based on human and animal anatomy.’
      • ‘Farm animals are valuable models for normal human anatomy and physiology and for many disease states.’
      • ‘And even though you pretend to be rough and tough, nobody likes to see themselves referred to as nether parts of human or animal anatomy.’
      • ‘The Louvre has sent a tiny St George that shows how dodgy was his early grasp of animal and human anatomy.’
      • ‘Magnetic resonance imaging is an imaging technique that provides superior tissue visualization of human anatomy.’
      • ‘Many orthopedic conditions, just like dimples or cleft chins, are just normal variations of human anatomy that don't require treatment.’
      • ‘The following famous anatomists identified and described pancreatic anatomy and physiology.’
      • ‘He provided the groundwork for the session by reviewing the cranial and spinal anatomy and nerve structure and the neurological assessment.’
      • ‘Although there are obvious differences between humans and animals in terms of anatomy and diet, the pathophysiological and clinical parallels may be greater than previously thought.’
      • ‘I'm more concerned with the fact that human and duck anatomy is so gosh darn similar.’
      • ‘Henry, and the rest of the scientific world, was eager to learn the effects of a suborbital flight on a monkey, whose anatomy resembles that of humans.’
      • ‘Natural Born Heroes also reveals how the anatomy of the human face is unique in the animal kingdom and can show an extraordinary range of emotions.’
      structure, make-up, composition, constitution
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    2. 1.2informal count noun A person's body.
      • ‘every part of his anatomy hurt’
      • ‘people should never be reduced to their anatomies’
      • ‘These pumped-up strongmen show off the peaks and valleys of their anatomies.’
      • ‘I've been told that my anatomy is one in a million.’
      • ‘I don't know if I will ever come to terms with my anatomy.’
      • ‘My anatomy doesn't match who I am.’
      • ‘I had surgeons completely change my anatomy without me realising what that really meant.’
      • ‘Lydia worried that many females were ignorant of their anatomies and general health.’
      • ‘You could see every square inch of their anatomies in a glance.’
      • ‘Some people's anatomies are close to the 'ideal type' found in human biology textbooks.’
      body, shape, figure, silhouette, proportions, stature, build, frame, physique, anatomy
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  • 2A study of the structure or internal workings of something.

    ‘a detailed anatomy of a society and its institutions’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A detailed anatomy of misordered situations shows that deviations from the true order in such cases are due mainly to interchanges of adjacent markers.’
    • ‘The real value in his account, however, is in its detailed anatomy of failed institutional leadership.’
    • ‘On their own, these arguments contribute to the anatomy of urban tribes begun in the first section of the book.’
    • ‘Hello and welcome to the anatomy of democracy, the perils of democracy and the truth about democracy.’
    • ‘Whether it's blunt trauma wounds, the path of a bullet or the anatomy of a fight, we see it all.’
    • ‘The most convenient or tractable mathematical solutions were used for anatomies or different classes of structures.’
    • ‘In his letter yesterday, Mr Espinal, described a lengthy anatomy of his service collapse, and took readers through the layers of technical foul-ups.’
    • ‘The process of desire is manifested in movement form, and becomes a rhythm ‘like an anatomy of the ebb and flow of wanting.’’
    • ‘While this book effectively illustrates the history of terrorism, it is less successful in its claim to offer an anatomy of the phenomenon, although it does try hard.’
    • ‘Films about films are no great novelty in the DVD age, but Lost in La Mancha is a rarity: an anatomy of a film that never was.’
    • ‘These two cases, in the context of the changing face of Detroit, present an anatomy of the white-ifying of hip-hop.’
    • ‘As Greig put it: ‘The play's roots were not in the bloodbaths of post-modern cinema, but in the Shakespearean anatomies of reduced men: Lear on the heath and Timon in his cave.’’
    • ‘In the period since Tony Blair took office in May 1997, anatomies of Britain have been tumbling from the presses in dizzying profusion.’
    • ‘Whatever the motive, federal misfeasance is getting the blame in many media anatomies of the catastrophe.’
    • ‘This is not an anatomy of his murder, nor the autopsy of a black man lynched by three young white males, but more an evocation of how this event fits in to a landscape and climate as much mental as physical.’
    • ‘For much of Bénabou's writing can be read as an anatomy of reading; and looming at the center thereof is the search for the ideal Reader.’
    • ‘Neill refuses to wonder but instead conducts an anatomy of the anecdote's historical conditions through the opening.’
    analysis, examination, inspection, survey, study, scrutiny, perusal
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Late Middle English from Old French anatomie or late Latin anatomia, from Greek, from ana- ‘up’ + tomia ‘cutting’ (from temnein ‘to cut’).