verb (used with object), a·nat·o·mized, a·nat·o·miz·ing.
- to cut apart (an animal or plant) to show or examine the position, structure, and relation of the parts; display the anatomy of; dissect.
- to examine in great detail; analyze minutely: The couple anatomized their new neighbor.
- to dissect (an animal or plant)
- to examine in minute detail
“to dissect, investigate by dissection,” early 15c., from Medieval Latin anatomizare or French anatomiser (16c.), from Greek anatomia (see anatomy). Related: Anatomized; anatomizing.
- To dissect an animal or other organism to study the structure and relation of the parts.