• IPA: /əˈnætəmi/


  1. The art of studying the different parts of any organized body, to discover their situation, structure, and economy.
    Synonyms: dissection
  2. The science that deals with the form and structure of organic bodies; anatomical structure or organization.
    hypo en
    • Let the muscles be well inserted and bound together, according to the knowledge of them which is given us by anatomy.
    Animal anatomy is also called zootomy; vegetable anatomy, phytotomy; and human anatomy, anthropotomy.
  3. (countable) A treatise or book on anatomy.
  4. (by extension) The act of dividing anything, corporeal or intellectual, for the purpose of examining its parts.
    Synonyms: analysis
    the anatomy of a discourse
    the anatomy of love
    Burton's famous treatise, "The Anatomy of Melancholy"
  5. (colloquial) The form of an individual.
    I went to the Venice beach body-building competition and noticed the competitor from Athens, and let me tell you, that's what I call classic Greek anatomy.
  6. (euphemism) The human body, especially in reference to the private parts.
  7. (archaic) A skeleton, or dead body.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      , Folio Society, 2006, vol.1 p.68:
      So did the Ægyptians, who in the middest of their banquetings, and in the full of their greatest cheere, caused the anatomy of a dead man to be brought before them, as a memorandum and warning to their guests.
  8. The physical or functional organization of an organism, or part of it.

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