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[viv-uh-sekt, viv-uh-sekt] /ˈvɪv əˌsɛkt, ˌvɪv əˈsɛkt/
verb (used with object)
to dissect the living body of (an animal).
verb (used without object)
to practice vivisection.
Origin of vivisect
1860-65; back formation from vivisection
Related forms
vivisector, noun
self-vivisector, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vivisector
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  • A cobra's bite hurts so little that the creature is almost, legally speaking, a vivisector who inflicts no pain.

  • Any vivisector would, if he had the courage of his opinions.

  • It is you who are the vivisector—a far crueller, more wanton vivisector than he.

    The Philanderer George Bernard Shaw
  • Had I known you were a vivisector, I should not only have refused to marry you, I should have declined to associate with you.

    The Beth Book Sarah Grand
  • The object of the sportsman is to kill, and the object of the vivisector is to keep his victim alive while he cuts it up.

    Experiments on Animals Stephen Paget
  • Indeed no criminal has yet had the impudence to argue as every vivisector argues.

British Dictionary definitions for vivisector


/ˈvɪvɪˌsɛkt; ˌvɪvɪˈsɛkt/
to subject (an animal) to vivisection
Derived Forms
vivisector, noun
Word Origin
C19: back formation from vivisection
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Word Origin and History for vivisector



1859, back-formation from vivisection. Related: Vivisected; vivisecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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