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Saturday 24 February 2018


Definition: Structure is an arrangement and organization of interrelated elements in a material object or system, or the object or system so organized.

Material structures include man-made objects such as buildings and machines and natural objects such as biological organisms, minerals and chemicals. Abstract structures include data structures in computer science and musical form.

Types of structure include a hierarchy (a cascade of one-to-many relationships), a network featuring many-to-many links, or a lattice featuring connections between components that are neighbors in space.

Living structures are biological strutures or biostructures.

Examples :

-  body structures : viscus / organs


The study of structures is morphology.

Structures can be studied by morphology ( scopy of the scope ) and can be :
- visible at naked eye : macroscopy : macroscopical structures
- non visible at naked eye : microscopy : microscopical structures

These structures can be abnormal :
- macroscopical anomalies
- microscopical anomalies

See also

- structuralism