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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Anatomy \A*nat"o*my\, n.; pl. Anatomies. [F. anatomie, L.
anatomia, Gr. ? dissection, fr. ? to cut up; ? + ? to cut.]
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 which treats of the 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.
Note: "Animal anatomy" is sometimes called zomy; "vegetable
anatomy," phytotomy; "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. A skeleton; anything anatomized or dissected, or which has
the appearance of being so.
The anatomy of a little child, representing all
parts thereof, is accounted a greater rarity than
the skeleton of a man in full stature. --Fuller.
They brought one Pinch, a hungry, lean-faced
A mere anatomy. --Shak.
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