Anatomy and Related Anatomical Terms

(the structure of organisms from the smallest components of cells to the biggest organs and their relationships to other organs especially of the human body)

Diseases affect the anatomy and changes in the anatomical structure can cause diseases.

normal histology (s) (noun) (no pl)
The study of healthy tissues and cells: Judy learned that normal histology pertained to strong and active cells and tissues that were examined by using microscopic techniques.
physiologic anatomy, functional anatomy (s) (noun) (no pl)
The science of the parts of the body structure in reference to their functions: Physiologic anatomy is the study of the structure of organs and tissues in relation to their normal functions.
plastic anatomy (s) (noun) (no pl)
Artificial anatomy: One of Susan's most interesting classes in medicine was in plastic anatomy that utilized manikins of plastic or other materials, parts of which could be removed to expose adjacent structures.
practical anatomy (s) (noun) (no pl)
The study of anatomy by means of dissection and demonstration: Mary wanted to take a class in practical anatomy in order to have experience in cutting into a cadaver to view the different organs more carefully.
radiological anatomy (s) (noun) (no pl)
The study of normal bodily parts and their interrelations by using radiological techniques: Meg was impressed with the use of X-rayss and other penetrating radiation methods in her radiological anatomy class in medical school.
regional anatomy (s) (noun) (no pl)
The study of the structures in distinct regions of the body, isolated for descriptive convenience or on a functional basis: Regional anatomy is the examination of the head, the limbs, and the abdomen, or subdivisions of these including the shoulder region, the brachial region (arm, foreleg, etc.), the gluteal region (a reference to any of the three large muscles of each buttock, especially the gluteus maximus, that extend, abduct, and rotate the thigh), etc.
segmental anatomy (s) (noun) (no pl)
The anatomy of the lungs in terms of their broncho-pulmonary segments: Each lung is separated into lobes, and each one is divided into segments which are supplied by its own bronchus. The study of the different sections are referred to as segmental anatomy.
special anatomy (s) (noun) (no pl)
The detailed anatomy of specific organs or groups of organs and tissues as they are related to each other by their particular functions: Special anatomy is a branch of anatomy that deals with certain organs or parts of the body.
surface anatomy (s) (noun) (no pl)
The descriptive study or science of the form and markings of the surface of the body: Surface anatomy deals with the external features of the human body or that of an animal, especially as they relate to underlying tissues and organs.
surgical anatomy (s) (noun) (no pl)
The study of the anatomy of a region of the body with particular emphasis on concepts important to the diagnosis and treatment of a surgically correctable disease: Surgical anatomy is concerned with the operative identification of the medical issue, dissection, and medical care.
systematic anatomy, systemic anatomy (s) (noun) (no pl)
The study of an organism's structures grouped into functional systems: Sam wanted to take a class in systematic anatomy that dealt with the respiratory , endocrine, digestive, nervous, circulatory systems, etc.and without regard to specific regions.
topographic anatomy (s) (noun) (no pl)
The study of an organism's structures in relation to their neighboring structures as revealed by dissection, light and electron microscopy, or other techniques: Topographic anatomy stresses the relationship between different physical parts in that area, like muscles, nerves, and arteries.

As an example in gross anatomy,topographic anatomy deals with the relationships of nerves, blood vessels and lymph nodes to a particular muscle, ligament, etc.

topographic histology (s) (noun) (no pl)
The study of cell and tissue specialization according to the anatomic site in which they occur: Professor Smith held a lecture on one aspect of topographic histology relating how a tutor could be identified by examining the cells and tissues in an organism.
transcendental anatomy (s) (noun) (no pl)
The study of the anatomy of organisms in the light of deductions and theories concerning the possible variants derived from hypothetical ancestral forms; philosophical anatomy: Transcendental anatomy used to be a form of comparative anatomy that looked for certain patterns and structures common in all living organisms in nature.
veterinary anatomy (s) (noun) (no pl)
The branch of anatomy dealing with the form and structure of domesticated animals: Since Amanda loved horses, among other animals her family had at home, she decided to study veterinary anatomy for her future career as a veterinarian.

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