Definition of anatomy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈnætəmi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈnætəmi//
    (pl. anatomies)
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  1. 1[uncountable] the scientific study of the structure of human or animal bodies the department of anatomy and physiology
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] the structure of an animal or a plant the anatomy of the horse human anatomy
  3. 3[countable] (humorous) a person’s body Various parts of his anatomy were clearly visible.
  4. 4[countable] (formal) an examination of what something is like or why it happens an anatomy of the current recession
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French anatomie or late Latin anatomia, from Greek, from ana- ‘up’ + tomia ‘cutting’ (from temnein ‘to cut’).Extra examples I’m studying human anatomy. a college-level course in anatomy and physiology descriptions of the cat’s anatomy and behaviour
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