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(1) The science concerned with the shape, structure and the relationship of parts of organisms.

(2) The bodily structure of an organism or of any of its parts.


Anatomy is the branch of biology that focuses on the structure of living things. It includes human anatomy, zootomy and phytotomy.

It is subdivided into gross anatomy (or macroscopic anatomy) and microscopic anatomy.

Word origin: from Late Latin anatomia, from Greek anatomē, (dissection).
Related forms: anatomical (adjective)