Gross anatomy

Gross anatomy (also called topographical anatomy, regional anatomy, or anthropotomy) is the study of anatomy at the visible (related to the structure that can be seen through naked eyes) or macroscopic level; it is studied using both invasive and noninvasive methods with the goal of obtaining information of the macroscopic structure and organization of organs and organ systems.

The study of gross anatomy is based on surgical dissection, more frequently of cadavers; derived from the Latin sĕctus, past participle of secāre (→ to cut, dissect, divide). We speak of a sector table, when we refer to the plan for surgical or autopsy dissection, where the corpses are dissected.

Gross anatomy is complemented by Growth and Development, which describes the development of each trait (when known and understood), or the growth and development of the surrounding tissues responsible for trait manifestation.

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