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a combining form with the meaning “cut,” used in the formation of compound words bisect, dissect, exsect .
Origin of -sect
< Latin sectus, past participle of secāre “to cut” Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -sect


combining form
to cut or divide, esp into a specified number of parts: trisect
Word Origin
from Latin sectus cut, from secāre to cut; see saw1
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