from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The physiological and anatomical study of the body.
- n. See physical anthropology.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The study of the physical nature of man.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The doctrine or the science of the general properties of material substances; somatics.
- n. A treatise on the human body; anatomy.
- n. The science which treats of anatomy and physiology, apart from psychology.
- n. The consideration of the physical characters of races and classes of men and of mankind in general.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science of living or organized bodies, considered with regard only to their physical nature or structure.
- n. More broadly, physics; the doctrine of material bodies or substances.
- n. Specifically, the doctrine of the human body, as a department of anthropology; human anatomy and physiology; also, a treatise on this subject.
From soma (body) + -ology. (Wiktionary)