Anatomical position: The position with the body erect with the arms at the sides and the palms forward. The anatomical position is of importance in anatomy because it is the position of reference for anatomical nomenclature. Anatomic terms such as anterior and posterior, medial and lateral, abduction and adduction, and so on apply to the body when it is in the anatomical position.
- Anatomical snuffbox
Anatomical snuffbox: A hollow seen on the radial aspect (the thumbside) of the dorsum (the back) of the wrist when the thumb is extended fully. The reason that it is called the anatomical snuffbox is that snuff (powdered tobacco) could be put there and then inhaled.
Anatomy: The study of human or animal form, by observation or examination of the living being, examination or dissection of dead specimens, microscopic examination, and/or textbooks.
- Anatomy in the Bible
Anatomy in the Bible: There are in the Bible but few direct references to the internal organs. Biblical poetry, however, abounds with expressions in which the names of such organs are used metaphorically, e.g.: “His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon […]
- Anatomy, gross
Anatomy, gross: In medicine, the study of human structures that can be seen with the naked eye. Known among medical students studying human anatomy simply as ‘gross.’
- Anatomy, microscopic
Anatomy, microscopic: The study of normal structure of an organism under the microscope. Known among medical students simply as ‘micro.’ Also known as histology.