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From French anatomie, from Latin anatomia, from Ancient Greek *ἀνατομία (*anatomía), from ἀνατομή (anatomḗ, dissection), from ἀνά (aná, up) + τέμνω (témnō, I cut, incise) (surface analysis ana- +‎ -tomy), literally “cut up”. Doublet of ottomy.


  • IPA(key): /əˈnætəmi/


anatomy (countable and uncountable, plural anatomies)

  1. The art of studying the different parts of any organized body, to discover their situation, structure, and economy.
    Synonym: dissection
  2. The science that deals with the form and structure of organic bodies; anatomical structure or organization.
    Hyponyms: anthropotomy, phytotomy, zootomy
    • John Dryden
      Let the muscles be well inserted and bound together, according to the knowledge of them which is given us by anatomy.
  3. (countable) A treatise or book on anatomy.
  4. (by extension) The act of dividing anything, corporeal or intellectual, for the purpose of examining its parts.
    Synonym: analysis
  5. (colloquial) The form of an individual.
  6. (euphemistic) The human body, especially in reference to the private parts.
  7. (archaic) A skeleton, or dead body.
    • , 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 anatomy of a dead man to be brought before them, as a memorandum and warning to their guests.
  8. The physical or functional organization of an organism, or part of it.

Derived terms


See also

  • phytotomy
  • zootomy

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