anthrop-, anthropo-, -anthrope, -anthropic, -anthropical, -anthropically, -anthropism, -anthropist, -anthropoid, -anthropus, -anthropy

(Greek: man, mankind; human beings; including, males (man, men; boy, boys) and females (woman, women; girl, girls); all members of the human race; people, humanity)

monoanthropism (s) (noun), monoanthropisms (pl)
A belief in the unity or indivisibility of mankind.
neanthropic, neoanthropic (adjective); more neanthropic, more neoanthropic; most neanthropic, most neoanthropic
A reference to modern forms of humans as compared with extinct species of the genus Homo.
paleoanthropia (s) (noun), paleoanthropias (pl)
Prehistoric human beings.
paleoanthropic (adjective), more paleoanthropic, most paleoanthropic
Referring to, pertaining to, or designating, extinct prehistoric forms of humans.
paleoanthropological (adjective), more paleoanthropological, most paleoanthropological
Concerned with, or relating to, the scientific study of human fossils.
paleoanthropologist (s) (noun), paleoanthropologists (pl)
An expert or specialist in the study of fossil hominids or humans.
paleoanthropology (s) (noun) (no plural)
A branch of the study of humans that is concerned with the investigation of fossil remains in order to trace the development of certain physical characteristics prior to homo sapiens.
pathological anthropology (s) (noun),pathological anthropologies (pl)
The study of diseases in humans from the viewpoint of its differential distribution among groups of people.
philanthropic (adjective), more philanthropic, most philanthropic
Of, relating to, or marked by humanitarianism: After Janet's father retired from teaching, he decided to help people who were illiterate by tutoring them in his home and he also decided to organize and to provide a beautiful garden for the blind because he was a philanthropic person who was always trying to help those in need.
Loving mankind by being generous and wanting to help others.
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Conveying generosity for others.
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philanthropist (fih LAN thruh pist) (s) (noun), philanthropists (pl)
1. Someone who practices a form of love for his fellow-humans and exerts himself for their well-being: A philanthropist "loves" all mankind and is a benefactor who provides financial or other material support to help people live better.
2. A person who loves mankind; practical benevolence towards people in general: Philanthropists make active efforts to promote the happiness and well-being of their fellow-humans.

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A lover of humans and a benevolent friend of people.
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philanthropy (s) (noun), philanthropies
1. The effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations: Jeffrey wanted so much to join and work with Amnesty International after seeing and reading about the suffering of people throughout the world and so his act of philanthropy was well received when he applied for a job with the organization.
2. Love of humankind in general: Jack and Susan were quite involved in collecting donations and organizing the rebuilding of the school which had recently been destroyed by a fire and others in the community were quite impressed by their philanthropy and so they joined in to help.
3. An activity or institution which is intended to promote human welfare: The Red Cross is one of the better known philanthropies which helps those who are in need of immediate medical assistance.
An effort to improve the well-being of people with aid and donations showing a love for people.
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phobanthropy (s) (noun), phobanthropies (pl)
A fear or dread of mankind that results in an avoidance of all social relationships with people.
physianthropy (fih LAN thruh pee)
1. The study of the constitution of humans, their diseases, and their remedies.
2. The philosophy of human life, or the doctrine of the constitution and diseases of people, and their remedies.
physical anthropologist (s) (noun), physical anthropologists (pl)
Those who isolate various kinds of traits and make it possible to understand the compositions of human populations and to formulate hypotheses concerning their future: The information accumulated by physical anthropologists provide available facts about the groups inhabiting the world as well as the individuals composing those groups.

The growth studies, both of humans and other primates, engage the attention of many physical anthropologists in medical and dental schools as well as in independent clinics and universities.

physical anthropology (s) (noun), physical anthropologies (pl)
The branch of human culture that studies the development over time of the bodily characteristics and the differences in appearances among the various people of the world, as distinct from cultural differences: Physical anthropology is concerned with the related problems of tracing the emergence of mankind as an animal form and the nature, causes, and significance of past and present variations in the biological characteristics of the various human species and breeds.

Some law enforcement agencies often call upon physical anthropologists to identify skeletal remains because of the kinds of information which may be derived from a skeleton about the gender, age, stature, race, bone diseases, individual structural peculiarities; such as, right-handed or left-handedness; and the major blood types which can be determined because blood group substances are present in several tissues and fluids of the bodiy, includig the spongy tissue found inside the vertebrae and the joints of the long bones.

Links to other units that include the topic of "man", "mankind":
andro-; homo-; vir-.

Related "people, human" word units: demo-; ethno-; ochlo-; popu-; publi-.