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[vi-sey-lee-uh s, -seyl-yuh s] /vɪˈseɪ li əs, -ˈseɪl yəs/
[ahn-dre-ahs] /ɑnˈdrɛ ɑs/ (Show IPA),
1514–64, Flemish anatomist. Unabridged
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  • I read the Anatomy of Vesalius, and the books you bought for me.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • Vesalius was persecuted, but not by the ecclesiastical authorities.

  • Vesalius taught and demonstrated not at Padua alone, but also at Bologna and at Pisa.

    The Popes and Science James J. Walsh
  • Now, Columbus was a contemporary of Vesalius, and worked with him at Bologna.

    The Popes and Science James J. Walsh
  • Vesalius's successor, Columbus, did not have to do any such thing.

    The Popes and Science James J. Walsh
  • He had been Vesalius's assistant at Padua and later his successor.

    The Popes and Science James J. Walsh
  • As might be thought, these bones were a great temptation to Vesalius.

    The Popes and Science James J. Walsh
  • It was a work on anatomy by Vesalius, and was at first printed in Latin.

    Engraving for Illustration Joseph Kirkbride
  • This bone, Vesalius observed, is found in the lower animals but not in man.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • The supreme development of anatomy in Columbus' Century came with Vesalius.

    The Century of Columbus James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for Vesalius


Andreas (anˈdreːas). 1514–64, Flemish anatomist, whose De Humani Corporis fabrica (1543) formed the basis of modern anatomical research and medicine
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Vesalius in Medicine

Vesalius Ve·sa·li·us (vĭ-sā'lē-əs, -zā'-), Andreas. 1514-1564.

Flemish anatomist and surgeon who is considered the founder of modern anatomy and who wrote On the Structure of the Human Body (1543).

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Vesalius in Science
Flemish anatomist and surgeon who is considered the father of modern anatomy. His rigorous descriptions of the structure of the human body, based on his own personal dissections of cadavers, established a new level of clarity and accuracy in the study of human anatomy.

Our Living Language  : After receiving his medical degree in 1537, Andreas Vesalius began lecturing on surgery and anatomy at the University of Padua. To further his knowledge, he personally dissected cadavers, a task that others in his position would have delegated to an assistant. Through this work Vesalius became convinced that the anatomical theories of the Greek physician Galen, whose ideas had been accepted as authoritative for more than 1,000 years, were not correct. Although Vesalius had begun his career as a Galenist, his hands-on experience led him to believe that Galen's descriptions of the human body were based on dissections of pigs, dogs, and other animals rather than humans, a procedure that was prohibited during Galen's time. Vesalius compared Galen's anatomical texts with his own observations made during dissections. After five years spent compiling his findings, in 1543 he published De humani corporis fabrica (On the Structure of the Human Body), which was the most accurate and comprehensive anatomy textbook to date and included artists' engravings based on Vesalius's own drawings. By relying on careful observation instead of received wisdom, Vesalius transformed the field of anatomy, as well as medicine and biology.
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