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Definition the medical study of the structure of the body — as in "to study anatomy"

or more rarely:  the structure of a body — as in "a part of the anatomy"

or still more rarely:  any detailed analysis — as in "anatomy of the disaster"
  • The anatomy of the frog is similar to that of a person.
anatomy = structure of the body
  • She got an "A" in her anatomy class.
  • Over millions of years, the bird has developed an anatomy that enables it to fly.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • anatomy = body structure
  • He knew about as much as was known about the anatomy of the brain and the symptoms and severities of lesion and thrombus.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Actually, Dick's neck was not the part of his anatomy that most immediately troubled him.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • He went over biology, microbiology, anatomy, and physiology.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • People wouldn't learn much about anatomy from him but they would learn all there was to know about war.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • Even Beatrice wasn't sure, turning the viewfinder sideways and upside down as she tried in vain to identify a telltale part of owl anatomy.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • "I know anatomy," she said.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • She already knew that the killer was obsessed with bones and knew his anatomy well.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters
  • They were grateful for the donated books, because they only had ten of the textbooks required for the advanced anatomy course, Mortenson learned.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • My first lecture each morning was anatomy.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • The Aurora's intricate anatomy scrolled before my mind's eye.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • Anatomy and medical texts, mostly.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • These bunches have since been named rather aptly, by that distinguished anatomist, Professor Howes, the hands.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • After all, hadn't she quite enjoyed that lecture on anatomy she had attended?
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • Your mother is a moer"—moer being a vulgar term for an intimate part of a woman's anatomy.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • —O, tell me, friar, tell me, In what vile part of this anatomy Doth my name lodge? tell me, that I may sack The hateful mansion.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • He prepared a suitable animal, choosing a rhesus monkey because its anatomy was more human than a rat's.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • She is a graduate of Harvard and New York Medical College, where her favorite professor was a Franciscan priest who taught anatomy.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II

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