Definition of “anatomy” - English Dictionary

“anatomy” in British English

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anatomynoun

uk /əˈnæt.ə.mi/ us /əˈnæt̬.ə.mi/

[ U ] the scientific study of the body and how its parts are arranged:

An understanding of human anatomy is important to a dancer.
He later became professor of anatomy at Kiel.

[ C or U ] the structure of an animal or plant:

the female anatomy
the anatomy of a leaf

[ C ] humorous a person's body:

On which part of her anatomy is she tattooed?

[ C ] formal a detailed examination of a subject:

The whole play reads like an anatomy of evil.

(Definition of “anatomy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“anatomy” in American English

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anatomynoun [ U ]

us /əˈnæt̬·ə·mi/

the scientific study of the structure of animals or plants, or of a particular type of animal or plant:

You have to know something about anatomy if you want to draw the human body well.
fig. He was studying the anatomy of long-term relationships (= their structure).
anatomical
adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˌæn·əˈtɑm·ɪ·kəl/

anatomical drawings

(Definition of “anatomy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)