of or relating to .
Contemporary Examples

Their patron is the wealthy Lord Batterstone, a high-society phrenologist obsessed with expanding his anatomical collection.
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The nude of the 19th century was often a tool for anatomical study: an intellectualized and idealized approach to physiognomy.
‘Masculin/Masculin,’ a Retrospective of Male Nudity in Art, Opens in Paris Sarah Moroz September 24, 2013

And there, [in his hand is] another piece of an anatomical joint.
The Gonzo Artist: Behind Ralph Steadman’s Most Famous Work Alex Suskind April 26, 2014

anatomical effects can be revealing of what happened to the airplane itself.
MH17 Is the World’s First Open-Source Air Crash Investigation Clive Irving July 21, 2014

If your heart isn’t in a liaison, resist indulging other anatomical parts.
Horoscopes: The Week of April 3 Starsky + Cox April 2, 2011

Historical Examples

Other criticism might be made on the anatomical proportions of the subjects.
Child Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle

Some of his models have been preserved in the anatomical Museum at Heidelberg.
Heroes of the Telegraph J. Munro

Ottolenghi has recently investigated the anatomical mancinism of criminals.
The Criminal Havelock Ellis

There was no anatomical defect—Dr. Custer was right about that.
Second Sight Alan Edward Nourse

That ripeness of the ovum upon which Thurys theory insists, lies in the nature of the ovum apart from any anatomical signs.
Schenk’s Theory: The Determination of Sex Samuel Leopold Schenk

of or relating to anatomy

1580s; see anatomy + -ical.

anatomical an·a·tom·i·cal (ān’ə-tŏm’ĭ-kəl) or an·a·tom·ic (-tŏm’ĭk)

Concerned with anatomy.

Concerned with dissection.

Related to the structure of an organism.


The structure of an organism or any of its parts.

The scientific study of the shape and structure of organisms and their parts.

anatomical adjective (ān’ə-tŏm’ĭ-kəl)


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