a combining form with the meaning “cut,” used in the formation of compound words bisect, dissect, exsect.
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Origin of -sect
< Latin sectus, past participle of secāre “to cut”
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to cut or divide, esp into a specified number of partstrisect
Word Origin for -sect
from Latin sectus cut, from secāre to cut; see saw 1
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