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Definition of anatomy (Meaning of anatomy)
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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.
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	     2. The science which treats of the structure of organic
	        bodies; anatomical structure or organization.
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	              Let the muscles be well inserted and bound together,
	              according to the knowledge of them which is given us
	              by anatomy.                           --Dryden.
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	     Note: ``Animal anatomy' is sometimes called {zomy};
	           ``vegetable anatomy,' {phytotomy}; ``human anatomy,'
	           {anthropotomy}.
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	     {Comparative anatomy} compares the structure of different
	        kinds and classes of animals.
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	     3. A treatise or book on anatomy.
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	     4. The act of dividing anything, corporeal or intellectual,
	        for the purpose of examining its parts; analysis; as, the
	        anatomy of a discourse.
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	     5. A skeleton; anything anatomized or dissected, or which has
	        the appearance of being so.
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	              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.
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	              They brought one Pinch, a hungry, lean-faced
	              villain,
	              A mere anatomy.                       --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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