anatomy

If you're studying anatomy you're studying animals’ bodies and you're probably dissecting them, too. You might study the anatomy of a pig to see how it relates to human anatomy. You’ll find that only one of them has a snout.

Ever heard of Gray's Anatomy — not the TV show, but the 1858 medical textbook by Henry Gray? It’s been revised many times, but it’s still the standard text, with detailed descriptions of the parts of the human body. The word anatomy can apply to anything you're analyzing in detail. If you're writing an anatomy of your piano, you'll describe the parts and how they work. Anatomy goes back to the Greek roots ana, meaning "up," and temnein "to cut."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: anatomy

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the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals
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n
a detailed analysis
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: anatomy
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n the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals

Synonyms:
general anatomy
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applied anatomy, clinical anatomy
the practical application of anatomical knowledge to diagnosis and treatment
comparative anatomy
the study of anatomical features of animals of different species
developmental anatomy
the branch of anatomy that studies structural changes of an individual from fertilization to maturity
functional anatomy, morphophysiology, physiological anatomy
the study of anatomy in its relation to function
gross anatomy, macroscopic anatomy
the study of the structure of the body and its parts without the use of a microscope
microscopic anatomy
the study of microscopic structures of tissues and organs
neuroanatomy
the anatomy of the nervous system
osteology
the branch of anatomy that studies the bones of the vertebrate skeleton
regional anatomy, topographic anatomy, topology
the study of anatomy based on regions or divisions of the body and emphasizing the relations between various structures (muscles and nerves and arteries etc.) in that region
dental anatomy
the branch of gross anatomy concerning with the morphology of teeth
cytology
the branch of biology that studies the structure and function of cells
histology
the branch of biology that studies the microscopic structure of animal or plant tissues
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morphology
the branch of biology that deals with the structure of animals and plants

n alternative names for the body of a human being

Synonyms:
bod, build, chassis, figure, flesh, form, frame, human body, material body, physical body, physique, shape, soma
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person
a human body (usually including the clothing)
juvenile body
the body of a young person
adult body
the body of an adult human being
male body
the body of a male human being
female body
the body of a female human being
child's body
the body of a human child
adult female body, woman's body
the body of an adult woman
adult male body, man's body
the body of an adult man
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body, organic structure, physical structure
the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)
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n a detailed analysis

“he studied the anatomy of crimes”
Type of:
analysis
an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole
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