Definitions

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

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • 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.

    Research

  • 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.

    Research

  • “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.”

    Bloodlust

  • 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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  • 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.

    "Matthew Reed, a researcher in anthropometry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, flat out called ANSUR the “best-gathered anthro data in the world.” Not only was the dataset accurate and reliable, in his view, it could save lives.


    Imagine body armor that doesn’t completely cover your vital organs, or is too long or too short, making it horribly uncomfortable to wear, so you take it off. Imagine if you found yourself in a nerve gas attack and your mask doesn’t fit properly because it was designed for a different kind of face. (One study found that American-made gas masks fit poorly on “Chinese” faces.)

    The differences in body type according to race could be striking. Reed sent me a graphic, based on data from the 1988 iteration of ANSUR, illustrating seated height versus standing height for Caucasian and African American men. Most African Americans had a shorter seated height compared to Caucasians of the same overall stature, meaning longer leg bones and shorter torsos. Asians, meanwhile, skewed slightly in the other direction, with taller sitting heights and longer torsos than both Caucasians and African-Americans.

    The army doesn’t use this information to individually fit uniforms and gear, Reed explained, but to plan and manage costs. If the army knows that 15 percent of recruits are African American, when it orders, say, 20,000 bullet-proof vests, it will ensure that 15 percent conform to what it believes is their relatively shorter proportions. “That’s really important for the army,” Reed told me. “If you do that wrong, you end up with stuff that you need to store. And you don’t have enough of what you do need.”

    Reed points out that race is also important in civilian contexts. Think about your car. Reed designs crash test dummies. If a car is tested only with “Caucasian” dummies, it may not be as safe for Asians or African Americans. Why? Leg length determines how far back you sit from the steering wheel — a major impact point — and your proximity to the airbag. Seated height also affects what you can see. “We don’t want to build a crash test dummy that’s based only on white guys,” Reed said.
    --"Can a Shirt be Racist?" backchannel.com

    April 13, 2016