anatomy /əˈnatəmi/


I. noun

1. [ mass noun] the branch of science concerned with the bodily structure of humans, animals, and other living organisms, especially as revealed by dissection and the separation of parts.

he studied physiology and anatomy.
human anatomy.
2. [ count noun] the bodily structure of an organism

descriptions of the cat’s anatomy and behaviour.
3. [ count noun]
‹informal› a person’s body.

every part of his anatomy hurt.
she was unable to reach for the bag in case she revealed more of her anatomy than she already had.
4. a study of the structure or internal workings of something

a detailed anatomy of a society and its institutions.
– origin late Middle English: from Old French anatomie or late Latin anatomia, from Greek, from ana- ‘up’ + tomia ‘cutting’ (from temnein ‘to cut’).

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