Learn English – difference between “anatomic” and “anatomical”

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I want to say "anatomical context". Google tells me that anatomical in that context is preferred. An online dictionary claimed that American English does not have anatomic but only knows anatomical.

Best Answer

There is no difference in meaning or usage aside from regional preferences. The first online dictionary I checked simply redirected "anatomic" to "anatomical".

If you are curious about specific usage comparisons you can use Google's NGram viewer:

Short summary, "anatomical" is much more common.