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dissect

[dih-sekt, dahy-] /dɪˈsɛkt, daɪ-/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cut apart (an animal body, plant, etc.) to examine the structure, relation of parts, or the like.
2.
to examine minutely part by part; analyze:
to dissect an idea.
Origin of dissect
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin dissectus (past participle of dissecāre to cut up), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + sec- cut + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
dissectible, adjective
dissector, noun
redissect, verb (used with object)
self-dissecting, adjective
Can be confused
bisect, dissect.
Synonyms
1, 2. anatomize.
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Examples from the Web for dissector
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  • One understands that to the future dissector of a Hohenstiel-Schwangau and a Blougram the career might present attractions.

    Robert Browning C. H. Herford
  • His book became the manual of dissection that was in practically every dissector's hands for several centuries after.

    The Popes and Science James J. Walsh
  • He became the dissector of corrupt bodies, not the creator of living beings.

    The Poetry Of Robert Browning Stopford A. Brooke
  • Some day the dissector of birds may find a real difference in the physiological structure of the eastern and western meadow-larks.

    Birds of the Rockies Leander Sylvester Keyser
  • The very labor that made me a success in literature caused me to be a dissector of things around me.

    Ben Blair Will Lillibridge
  • The dissector might have cut her side with his sharp stone, so like a dead body did she seem.

  • Now to the dead man came the dissector, dressed as the god Typhon.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest Alexander Glovatski
  • “I am purifying my brother Osiris of earthly things, so that he may become more beautiful,” replied the dissector.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest Alexander Glovatski
British Dictionary definitions for dissector

dissect

/dɪˈsɛkt; daɪ-/
verb
1.
to cut open and examine the structure of (a dead animal or plant)
2.
(transitive) to examine critically and minutely
Derived Forms
dissectible, adjective
dissection, noun
dissector, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dissecāre, from dis-1 + secāre to cut
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Word Origin and History for dissector

dissect

v.

c.1600, from Latin dissectus, past participle of dissecare "to cut to pieces" (see dissection). Or perhaps a back-formation from dissection. Related: Dissected; dissecting.

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dissector in Medicine

dissect dis·sect (dĭ-sěkt', dī-, dī'sěkt')
v. dis·sect·ed, dis·sect·ing, dis·sects

  1. To cut apart or separate tissue, especially for anatomical study.

  2. In surgery, to separate different anatomical structures along natural lines by dividing the connective tissue framework.

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dissector in Science
dissect
  (dĭ-sěkt', dī'sěkt')   
  1. To cut apart or separate body tissues or organs, especially for anatomical study.

  2. In surgery, to separate different anatomical structures along natural lines by dividing the connective tissue framework.


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