It is derived from Greek: Ana (to dissect, to seperate)
                                    tomy (to cut apart)
Language of Anatomy In order to communicated with one another anatomists rely upon a language and standard points of reference.
Anatomical Position
The body can assume a variety of positions including standing up, lying down and if lying down, lying down on the stomach or lying down on the back. The relative position of different parts of the body can still be described if a common point of reference is agreed upon. This common point of reference is the anatomical position.