anatomy








noun, plural a·nat·o·mies.

  1. the science dealing with the structure of animals and plants.
  2. the structure of an animal or plant, or of any of its parts.
  3. dissection of all or part of an animal or plant in order to study its structure.
  4. a plant or animal that has been or will be dissected, or a model of such a dissected organism.
  5. a skeleton.
  6. Informal. the human body.
  7. an analysis or minute examination.

noun plural -mies

  1. the science concerned with the physical structure of animals and plants
  2. the physical structure of an animal or plant or any of its parts
  3. a book or treatise on this subject
  4. dissection of an animal or plant
  5. any detailed analysisthe anatomy of a crime
  6. informal the human body
n.

late 14c., “study of the structure of living beings;” c.1400, “anatomical structures,” from Old French anatomie, from Late Latin anatomia, from Greek anatomia, from anatome “dissection,” from ana- “up” (see ana-) + temnein “to cut” (see tome). “Dissection” (1540s), “mummy” (1580s), and “skeleton” (1590s) were primary senses of this word in Shakespeare’s day; meaning “the science of the structure of organized bodies” predominated from 17c. Often mistakenly divided as an atomy or a natomy.

The scyence of the Nathomy is nedefull and necessarye to the Cyrurgyen [1541]

n.

  1. The morphological structure of a plant or an animal or of any of its parts.
  2. The science of the shape and structure of organisms and their parts.
  3. Dissection of an animal to study the structure, position, and interrelation of its various parts.
  4. A skeleton.
  5. The human body.

  1. The structure of an organism or any of its parts.
  2. The scientific study of the shape and structure of organisms and their parts.

The structure of an animal or plant; also, the study of this structure through techniques such as microscopic observation and dissection. (Compare morphology and physiology.)

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