Definitions for: Anatomy


[n] a detailed analysis; "he studied the anatomy of crimes"
[n] alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"
[n] the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals



Webster (1913) Definition: A*nat"o*my, n.; pl. Anatomies. [F. anatomie, L.
anatomia, Gr. ? dissection, fr. ? to cut up; ? + ? to cut.]
1. The art of dissecting, or artificially separating the
different parts of any organized body, to discover their
situation, structure, and economy; dissection.

2. The science which treats of the structure of organic
bodies; anatomical structure or organization.

Let the muscles be well inserted and bound together,
according to the knowledge of them which is given us
by anatomy. --Dryden.

Note: ``Animal anatomy'' is sometimes called zomy;
``vegetable anatomy,'' phytotomy; ``human anatomy,''
anthropotomy.

Comparative anatomy compares the structure of different
kinds and classes of animals.

3. A treatise or book on anatomy.

4. The act of dividing anything, corporeal or intellectual,
for the purpose of examining its parts; analysis; as, the
anatomy of a discourse.

5. A skeleton; anything anatomized or dissected, or which has
the appearance of being so.

The anatomy of a little child, representing all
parts thereof, is accounted a greater rarity than
the skeleton of a man in full stature. --Fuller.

They brought one Pinch, a hungry, lean-faced
villain, A mere anatomy. --Shak.

Synonyms: bod, build, chassis, figure, flesh, form, frame, human body, material body, physical body, physique, shape, soma

See Also: adult body, analysis, body, comparative anatomy, female body, gross anatomy, homo, human, human being, individual, juvenile body, male body, man, microscopic anatomy, morphology, mortal, neuroanatomy, organic structure, person, physical structure, somebody, someone, soul

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