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vivisection

[viv-uh-sek-shuh n] /ˌvɪv əˈsɛk ʃən/
noun
1.
the action of cutting into or dissecting a living body.
2.
the practice of subjecting living animals to cutting operations, especially in order to advance physiological and pathological knowledge.
Origin of vivisection
1700-1710
First recorded in 1700-10; vivi- + section
Related forms
vivisectional, adjective
vivisectionally, adverb
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Examples from the Web for vivisection
Historical Examples
  • "You know my views now on the subject of vivisection," she said at last.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand
  • They do not know what their own opinions are, until the victim of vivisection tells them.

    Eugenics and Other Evils G. K. Chesterton
  • At present this is mainly carried on by means of Dissection or vivisection.

  • Men sneered at vivisection, and yet look at its results to-day!

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • vivisection was a pastime to this; this implicated the spirit, the other only the body.

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
  • The question of vivisection is again pushing itself to the front.

    Vivisection Albert Leffingwell
  • As a means of teaching physiological facts, vivisection is unsurpassed.

    Vivisection Albert Leffingwell
  • Exactly similar to this is one aspect of vivisection—it is a question of cost.

    Vivisection Albert Leffingwell
  • Do these conclusions affect the practice of vivisection in this country?

    Vivisection Albert Leffingwell
  • It is equally absurd to object to vivisection because it dissects, or "cuts up."

    Vivisection Albert Leffingwell
British Dictionary definitions for vivisection

vivisection

/ˌvɪvɪˈsɛkʃən/
noun
1.
the act or practice of performing experiments on living animals, involving cutting into or dissecting the body
Derived Forms
vivisectional, adjective
vivisectionally, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from vivi-, from Latin vīvus living + section, as in dissection
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Word Origin and History for vivisection
n.

"dissection of a living animal," 1707, from Latin vivus "alive" (see vivid) + ending from dissection).

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vivisection in Medicine

vivisection viv·i·sec·tion (vĭv'ĭ-sěk'shən, vĭv'ĭ-sěk'-)
n.
The act or practice of cutting into or otherwise injuring living animals, especially for the purpose of scientific research.


viv'i·sec'tion·ist n.
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vivisection in Science
vivisection
  (vĭv'ĭ-sěk'shən)   
The practice of examining internal organs and tissues by cutting into or dissecting a living animal, especially for the purpose of scientific research.
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vivisection in Culture
vivisection [(viv-uh-sek-shuhn, viv-uh-sek-shuhn)]

The cutting up or dissection of animals, including anesthetized live animals, in scientific research. Vivisection is also a general term for the use of animals as subjects in laboratory experiments, especially in the development of new medical techniques and drugs.

Note: Vivisection, as well as the general use of animals in medical research, is a target of protest by animal rights advocates.
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