The Alternative English Dictionary: anatomy

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anatomy {{wikipedia}} etymology From French anatomie, from Latin anatomia, from Ancient Greek ἀνατομία 〈anatomía〉, from ἀνατομή 〈anatomḗ〉, from ἀνά 〈aná〉 + τέμνω 〈témnō〉 (surface analysis {{confix}}), literally “cut up”. pronunciation
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  1. The art of studying 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.
    • John Dryden 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 zomy or zootomy; vegetable anatomy, phytotomy; and human anatomy, anthropotomy.
  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. (colloquial) The form of an individual, particularly a person, used in a tongue in cheek manner, as might be a term used by a medical professional, but in a markedly a less formal context, in which a touch of irony becomes apparent. example"I went to the Venice beach body building competition and noticed the competitor from Athen, and boy oh boy lemme tell ya, that's what a call classic Greek anatomy."
  6. (archaic) A skeleton, or dead body.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn 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.
  7. The physical or functional organization of an organism, or part of it.
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