Microscopic anatomy
The study of the form of structures seen under the microscope, as opposed to gross anatomy which involves structures that can be observed with the naked eye . Traditionally, both gross and microscopic anatomy have been studied in the first year of medical school in the U.S. The word "anatomy" comes from the Greek ana- meaning up or through + tome meaning a cutting. Anatomy was once a "cutting up" because the structure of the body was originally learned through dissecting it, cutting it up. The abbreviation for anatomy is anat. Microscopic anatomy is also called histology.

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microscopic anatomy n HISTOLOGY (1){{}}(3)

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Medical dictionary. 2011.

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