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definition of the word anatomy

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From French anatomie, from Latin anatomia, from Ancient Greek ἀνατομία, from ἀνατομή (anatome), dissection), from ἀνα- (ana-), afresh, again, anew, over) + τομή (tome), cut, incision, gash).

Singular
anatomy

Plural
anatomies

anatomy (plural anatomies)

  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 that deals with the form and 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.
    Animal anatomy is also called zomy or zootomy; vegetable anatomy, phytotomy; and 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. (archaic) A skeleton, or dead body.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 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 anatomie of a dead man to be brought before them, as a memorandum and warning to their guests.


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