What is anatomy?

  • (noun): The branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals.
    Synonyms: general anatomy
    See also — Additional definitions below

Anatomy

Anatomy (from the Ancient Greek ἀνατέμνειν, anatemnein: ana, "separate, apart from", and temnein, "to cut up, cut open") is a branch of biology and medicine that considers the structure of living things. It is a general term that includes human anatomy, animal anatomy (zootomy), and plant anatomy (phytotomy). In some of its facets anatomy is closely related to embryology, comparative anatomy and comparative embryology, through common roots in evolution.

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Guy De Chauliac - Works - Chirurgia Magna - Emphasis On Anatomy
... seen in the latter's belief that surgeons should have a thorough understanding of anatomy ... He wrote, "A surgeon who does not know his anatomy is like a blind man carving a log" ...
Prosector
... careers as prosectors working for lecturers and demonstrators in anatomy and pathology ... prepared dissection prepared by a prosector – a person who is well versed in anatomy and who therefore prepares a specimen so that others may ...
Anatomy - Other Branches
... Comparative anatomy relates to the comparison of anatomical structures (both gross and microscopic) in different animals ... Anthropological anatomy or physical anthropology relates to the comparison of the anatomy of different races of humans ... Artistic anatomy relates to anatomic studies for artistic reasons ...
Pale-throated Sloth - Description - Anatomy
... The mouth is lined by a black colored mucosa, although the large and heavy tongue is pink ... The palate is wrinkled in texture, and the tongue is lined with numerous grooves, apparently adaptations to the sloth's diet ...
Somatosensory System - Anatomy - Brain
... A relationship between the somatosensory cortical areas and their projection of the body was discovered by recording electrical activity in the human cortex after mechanosensory stimulation of different body parts during neurosurgical procedures ... These data led to the construction of somatotopic maps in which a Somatotopic arrangement was generated ...

More definitions of "anatomy":

  • (noun): A detailed analysis.
    Example: "He studied the anatomy of crimes"

Famous quotes containing the word anatomy:

    Man is a shrewd inventor, and is ever taking the hint of a new machine from his own structure, adapting some secret of his own anatomy in iron, wood, and leather, to some required function in the work of the world.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    But a man must keep an eye on his servants, if he would not have them rule him. Man is a shrewd inventor, and is ever taking the hint of a new machine from his own structure, adapting some secret of his own anatomy in iron, wood, and leather, to some required function in the work of the world. But it is found that the machine unmans the user. What he gains in making cloth, he loses in general power.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    I love to see, when leaves depart,
    The clear anatomy arrive,
    Roy Campbell (1902–1957)