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 for Comparative anatomy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Comparative \Com*par"a*tive\, a. [L. comparativus: cf. F.
     comparatif.]
     1. Of or pertaining to comparison. "The comparative faculty."
        --Glanvill.
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     2. Proceeding from, or by the method of, comparison; as, the
        comparative sciences; the comparative anatomy.
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     3. Estimated by comparison; relative; not positive or
        absolute, as compared with another thing or state.
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              The recurrence of comparative warmth and cold.
                                                    --Whewell.
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              The bubble, by reason of its comparative levity to
              the fluid that incloses it, would necessarily ascend
              to the top.                           --Bentley.
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     4. (Gram.) Expressing a degree greater or less than the
        positive degree of the quality denoted by an adjective or
        adverb. The comparative degree is formed from the positive
        by the use of -er, more, or less; as, brighter, more
        bright, or less bright.
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     Comparative sciences, those which are based on a
        comprehensive comparison of the range of objects or facts
        in any branch or department, and which aim to study out
        and treat of the fundamental laws or systems of relation
        pervading them; as, comparative anatomy, comparative
        physiology, comparative philology.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Anatomy \A*nat"o*my\, n.; pl. Anatomies. [F. anatomie, L.
     anatomia, Gr. ? dissection, fr. ? to cut up; ? + ? to cut.]
     1. The art of dissecting, or artificially separating the
        different parts of any organized body, to discover their
        situation, structure, and economy; dissection.
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     2. The science which treats of the structure of organic
        bodies; anatomical structure or organization.
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              Let the muscles be well inserted and bound together,
              according to the knowledge of them which is given us
              by anatomy.                           --Dryden.
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     Note: "Animal anatomy" is sometimes called zomy; "vegetable
           anatomy," phytotomy; "human anatomy," anthropotomy.
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     Comparative anatomy compares the structure of different
        kinds and classes of animals.
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     3. A treatise or book on anatomy.
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     4. The act of dividing anything, corporeal or intellectual,
        for the purpose of examining its parts; analysis; as, the
        anatomy of a discourse.
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     5. A skeleton; anything anatomized or dissected, or which has
        the appearance of being so.
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              The anatomy of a little child, representing all
              parts thereof, is accounted a greater rarity than
              the skeleton of a man in full stature. --Fuller.
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              They brought one Pinch, a hungry, lean-faced
              villain,
              A mere anatomy.                       --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  comparative anatomy
      n 1: the study of anatomical features of animals of different
           species

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