- to dissect the living body of (an animal).
- to practice vivisection.
Origin of vivisect
First recorded in 1860–65; back formation from vivisection
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Examples from the Web for vivisect
He is not allowed to try his germs and specifics upon them; he is not allowed to vivisect them.Damn!
Henry Louis Mencken
Whether they vivisect painfully or painlessly, they are trying to find out whether the truth is there or not.Eugenics and Other Evils
G. K. Chesterton
The man who can vivisect an emotion, and lay bare a heart-beat in print, knows a subtle joy.
To do any great thing with the heart of another, you must vivisect your own, and this truth Theodora had to practise continually.A Reconstructed Marriage
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
To stand within the protection which her sex afforded and vivisect anew his tired soul?Carmen Ariza
Charles Francis Stocking
- to subject (an animal) to vivisection
C19: back formation from vivisection
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Word Origin and History for vivisect
1859, back-formation from vivisection. Related: Vivisected; vivisecting.
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