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From French anatomie, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] anatomia, from Ancient Greek ἀνατομία, from ἀνατομή (anatome), dissection), from ἀνα- (ana-), afresh, again, anew, over) + τομή (tome), cut, incision, gash).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /əˈnætəmi/, SAMPA: /@"n{t@mi/

Noun

Singular
anatomy

Plural
anatomies

anatomy (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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