[ dih-sek-tid, dahy- ]

  1. Botany. deeply divided into numerous segments, as a leaf.

  2. Physical Geography. separated, by erosion, into many closely spaced crevices or gorges, as the surface of a plateau.

Origin of dissected

First recorded in 1625–35; dissect + -ed2

Other words from dissected

  • un·dis·sect·ed, adjective
  • well-dis·sect·ed, adjective

Words Nearby dissected

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How to use dissected in a sentence

  • (I mean the widow lady's whiskered companion)—I saw him eat pease with the very knife with which he had dissected the duck!

    Little Travels and Roadside Sketches | William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The body of the unfortunate girl was duly dissected, and no one remarked or appeared to recognise her.

    Tales and Fantasies | Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Over his head was a roofing not unlike the inside of a vast skull, which might have been imagined to have been recently dissected.

    Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
  • The mucous membrane, that naturally covers all parts within the vocal mechanism, has been dissected away to show the muscles.

  • He gloated over Paris as a scientist gloats over an interesting organism that he has first observed and then skilfully dissected.

    Vie de Bohme | Orlo Williams

British Dictionary definitions for dissected


/ (dɪˈsɛktɪd, daɪ-) /

  1. botany in the form of narrow lobes or segments: dissected leaves

  2. geology (of plains) cut by erosion into hills and valleys, esp following tectonic movements

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