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anatomy (s) (noun), anatomies (pl)
1. The profession in science dealing with morphology which is concerned with the gross and microscopic structure of animals, especially humans.
2. The study of form, or the branch of science that studies the physical structure of animals, plants, and other organisms.
3. The physical structure; especially, the internal structure, of an animal, plant, or other organism, or of any of its parts.

Gross anatomy involves structures that can be seen with the naked eye. It is the opposite of "microscopic anatomy" (or histology) which involves structures seen under the microscope.

Traditionally, both gross and microscopic anatomy have been studied in the first year of medical school in the U.S. The most celebrated textbook of anatomy in the English-speaking world is Gray's Anatomy, still a useful reference book.

The word anatomy comes from the Greek ana-, "up" or "through" + tome, "a cutting". Anatomy was once a "cutting up" because the structure of the body was originally learned through dissecting it; that is, cutting it up.

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gross anatomy (s) (noun), gross anatomies (pl)
The study of the structural organization of different parts of a body by means of dissection and with normal vision: Gross anatomy is also known as "macroscopic anatomy" which is the examination of a person's physical composition without the use of a microscope.

The process of gross anatomy is learning by using both invasive and noninvasive methods with the objective of obtaining information about the organs and organ systems of people and even of animals.

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