anatomy


anatomy
a|nat|o|my [əˈnætəmi] n plural anatomies
[Date: 1300-1400; : Late Latin; Origin: anatomia 'cutting up a body', from Greek anatome, from anatemnein 'to cut up']
1.) [U]
the scientific study of the structure of human or animal bodies
a professor of anatomy
human/animal anatomy
Knowledge of human anatomy is essential to figure drawing.
2.) [C usually singular]
the structure of a body, or of a part of a body
anatomy of
the anatomy of the nervous system
3.)
your body - often used in a humorous way
You could see a part of his anatomy that I'd rather not mention.
4.) the/an anatomy of sth
a) a study or examination of an organization, process etc in order to understand and explain how it works
Elkind's book is an anatomy of one man's discussion with his son about life.
b) the structure of an organization, process etc or the way it works
For the first time, we have the chance to examine the anatomy of a secret government operation.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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