dissect

[ dih-sekt, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈsɛkt, daɪ- /

verb (used with object)

to cut apart (an animal body, plant, etc.) to examine the structure, relation of parts, or the like.
to examine minutely part by part; analyze: to dissect an idea.

Origin of dissect

1600–10; < Latin dissectus (past participle of dissecāre to cut up), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + sec- cut + -tus past participle suffix

Related forms

dis·sec·ti·ble, adjectivedis·sec·tor, nounre·dis·sect, verb (used with object)self-dis·sect·ing, adjective

Can be confused

bisect dissect
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British Dictionary definitions for dissect

dissect

/ (dɪˈsɛkt, daɪ-) /

verb

to cut open and examine the structure of (a dead animal or plant)
(tr) to examine critically and minutely

Derived Forms

dissectible, adjectivedissection, noundissector, noun

Word Origin for dissect

C17: from Latin dissecāre, from dis- 1 + secāre to cut
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Medicine definitions for dissect

dissect

[ dĭ-sĕkt, dī-, dīsĕkt′ ]

v.

To cut apart or separate tissue, especially for anatomical study.
In surgery, to separate different anatomical structures along natural lines by dividing the connective tissue framework.
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Science definitions for dissect

dissect

[ dĭ-sĕkt, dīsĕkt′ ]

To cut apart or separate body tissues or organs, especially for anatomical study.
In surgery, to separate different anatomical structures along natural lines by dividing the connective tissue framework.
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