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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The study of human body measurement for use in anthropological classification and comparison.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The science of measuring the human body in order to ascertain the average dimensions of the human form at different ages, and in different divisions of race, class etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Measurement of the height and other dimensions of human beings, especially at different ages, or in different races, occupations, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The measurement of the human body; the department of the science of anthropology which relates to the proportions of the human body, either in individuals or in tribes and races.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. measurement and study of the human body and its parts and capacities


From Ancient Greek ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos, "human") + μέτρον (metron, "measure"). (Wiktionary)


  • When we shall have instructed them in anthropometry and psychometry in the most minute manner possible, we shall have only created machines, whose usefulness will be most doubtful.

    The Montessori Method

  • During the Victorian era, the primary means of identifying a person and linking him or her to a crime was a "science" called anthropometry, which was developed in 1879 by French criminologist Alphonse Bertillon.

    Portrait of a Killer

  • Intestinal damage correlation with serology, glycemic control, anthropometry, and laboratory values in type 1 diabetic children at time of celiac disease diagnosis.


  • Jatla M, Zemel B, Bokhari A, Bierly P, Russo P, Verma R. Symptomatology, anthropometry and laboratory correlation with histologic damage at pediatric celiac disease diagnosis; differences in diabetics versus non-diabetics.


  • “Nowadays science is measurement accurately calculated,” which means taking into account the physical and racial characteristics of Jews, what he called “their anthropometry or bodily measurements.”


  • The researchers examined two large data sets from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health: (i) 6,949 US adolescents (wave II, 1996) followed into adulthood (wave III, 2001-2002) and (ii) 1,293 dating, cohabiting, and married romantic couples from wave III, including measured anthropometry and self-report behavior data.

    Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes » Blog Archive » Saying “I do” Promotes Obesity

  • His method, called anthropometry, relied on an elaborate set of anatomical measurements -- such as head size, length of the left middle finger, face height -- and features like scars and hair and eye color to distinguish one person from another.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • Obviously any such system would need careful definitions and perhaps a complex manual of diagnostics and classifications similar to DSM-IV - but at least we would have a way to assess, describe, treat, monitor and research obesity in a way that goes beyond the relatively meaningless anthropometry-based classification, which is nothing short of useless in clinical practice.

    Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes » Blog Archive » Obesity Classification: Time to Move Beyond BMI?

  • Future work with the data will detail the anthropometry body shape of characters versus actual humans, and another paper on swearing.

    July 2009

  • A new study at Science News Daily reports the latest in Hobbit anthropometry, and strikes another blow to the Hobbit-as-pathology idea.

    Archive 2009-01-01


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