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 Dictionary entry overview: What does anatomy mean? 

ANATOMY (noun)
  The noun ANATOMY has 3 senses:

1. the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals
2. alternative names for the body of a human being
3. a detailed analysis

  Familiarity information: ANATOMY used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

ANATOMY (noun)

Sense 1anatomy [BACK TO TOP]


The branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


anatomy; general anatomy

Hypernyms ("anatomy" is a kind of...):

morphology (the branch of biology that deals with the structure of animals and plants)

Domain member category:

ampullar; ampullary (of or related to an ampulla)

inferior (lower than a given reference point)

azygos; azygous (occurring singly; not one of a pair)

navicular; scaphoid (shaped like a boat)

costate (having ribs)

aboral (opposite to or away from the mouth)

oral (of or involving the mouth or mouth region or the surface on which the mouth is located)

ventricose; ventricous (having a swelling on one side)

intrinsic (situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts)

inner (inside or closer to the inside of the body)

outer (being on or toward the outside of the body)

mesomorphic; muscular (having a robust muscular body-build characterized by predominance of structures (bone and muscle and connective tissue) developed from the embryonic mesodermal layer)

mesial (being in or directed toward the midline or mesial plane of the body)

astragalar (of or relating to the anklebone)

atrial (of or relating to a cavity or chamber in the body (especially one of the upper chambers of the heart))

axillary (of or relating to the armpit)

laterally (in a lateral direction or location)

distally (far from the center)

sympathetic (of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system)

faucal (of or relating to the fauces)

iliac (of or relating to the ilium)

parietal (of or relating to or associated with the parietal bones in the cranium)

fenestral (of or relating to or having a fenestra)

ectopic (exhibiting ectopia)

cuneiform (of or relating to the tarsal bones (or other wedge-shaped bones))

intercostal (located or occurring between the ribs)

costal (of or relating to or near a rib)

chiasmal; chiasmatic; chiasmic (of or relating to a chiasm)

capsular (resembling a capsule)

bregmatic (of or relating to the bregma of the skull)

distal (directed away from the midline or mesial plane of the body)

proximal (situated nearest to point of attachment or origin)

bodily cavity; cavity; cavum ((anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body)

meniscus; semilunar cartilage ((anatomy) a disk of cartilage that serves as a cushion between the ends of bones that meet at a joint)

punctum ((anatomy) a point or small area)

fundus ((anatomy) the base of a hollow organ or that part of the organ farthest from its opening)

tube; tube-shaped structure ((anatomy) any hollow cylindrical body structure)

radicle ((anatomy) a small structure resembling a rootlet (such as a fibril of a nerve))

concha ((anatomy) a structure that resembles a shell in shape)

cingulum ((anatomy) an encircling structure (as the ridge around the base of a tooth))

hilum; hilus ((anatomy) a depression or fissure where vessels or nerves or ducts enter a bodily organ)

sulcus ((anatomy) any of the narrow grooves in an organ or tissue especially those that mark the convolutions on the surface of the brain)

fissure ((anatomy) a long narrow slit or groove that divides an organ into lobes)

septum ((anatomy) a dividing partition between two tissues or cavities)

groove; vallecula ((anatomy) any furrow or channel on a bodily structure or part)

diaphragm; midriff ((anatomy) a muscular partition separating the abdominal and thoracic cavities; functions in respiration)

apophysis ((anatomy) a natural outgrowth or projection on an organ or body part such as the process of a vertebra)

lobe ((anatomy) a somewhat rounded subdivision of a bodily organ or part)

distal (situated farthest from point of attachment or origin, as of a limb or bone)

asternal (not connected to the sternum or breastbone)

cancellate; cancellated; cancellous (having an open or latticed or porous structure)

incisura; incisure ((anatomy) a notch or small hollow)

base ((anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment)

zona; zone ((anatomy) any encircling or beltlike structure)

tentorium ((anatomy) a fold of dura mater that covers the cerebellum and supports the occipital lobes of the cerebrum)

ruga ((anatomy) a fold or wrinkle or crease)

corona ((anatomy) any structure that resembles a crown in shape)

cornu ((anatomy) any structure that resembles a horn in shape)

paries; wall ((anatomy) a layer (a lining or membrane) that encloses a structure)

articulatio; articulation; joint ((anatomy) the point of connection between two bones or elements of a skeleton (especially if it allows motion))

pocket; pouch ((anatomy) saclike structure in any of various animals (as a marsupial or gopher or pelican))

apparatus ((anatomy) a group of body parts that work together to perform a given function)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "anatomy"):

osteology (the branch of anatomy that studies the bones of the vertebrate skeleton)

neuroanatomy (the anatomy of the nervous system)

microscopic anatomy (the study of microscopic structures of tissues and organs)

gross anatomy; macroscopic anatomy (the study of the structure of the body and its parts without the use of a microscope)

functional anatomy; morphophysiology; physiological anatomy (the study of anatomy in its relation to function)

developmental anatomy (the branch of anatomy that studies structural changes of an individual from fertilization to maturity)

comparative anatomy (the study of anatomical features of animals of different species)

applied anatomy; clinical anatomy (the practical application of anatomical knowledge to diagnosis and treatment)

regional anatomy; topographic anatomy; topology (the study of anatomy based on regions or divisions of the body and emphasizing the relations between various structures (muscles and nerves and arteries etc.) in that region)

Sense 2anatomy [BACK TO TOP]


Alternative names for the body of a human being

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts


physical body; bod; material body; chassis; human body; flesh; figure; build; anatomy; physique; soma; shape; frame; form

Context examples:

Leonardo studied the human body / he has a strong physique / the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak

Hypernyms ("anatomy" is a kind of...):

body; organic structure; physical structure (the entire structure of an organism (especially an animal or human being))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "anatomy"):

male body (the body of a male human being)

female body (the body of a female human being)

person (a human body (usually including the clothing))

juvenile body (the body of a young person)

adult body (the body of an adult human being)

Holonyms ("anatomy" is a part of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

homo; human; human being; man (any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage)

Sense 3anatomy [BACK TO TOP]


A detailed analysis

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

he studied the anatomy of crimes

Hypernyms ("anatomy" is a kind of...):

analysis (an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole)

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