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dissected

[dih-sek-tid, dahy-]
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adjective
  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.
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Origin of dissected

First recorded in 1625–35; dissect + -ed2
Related formsun·dis·sect·ed, adjectivewell-dis·sect·ed, adjective

dissect

[dih-sekt, dahy-]
verb (used with object)
  1. to cut apart (an animal body, plant, etc.) to examine the structure, relation of parts, or the like.
  2. to examine minutely part by part; analyze: to dissect an idea.
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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 formsdis·sec·ti·ble, adjectivedis·sec·tor, nounre·dis·sect, verb (used with object)self-dis·sect·ing, adjective
Can be confusedbisect dissect

Synonyms

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1, 2. anatomize.
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Examples from the Web for dissected

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  • No other thinker has ever dissected the human mind with equal patience and minuteness.

    Sophist

    Plato

  • Possibly Mr. Randolph has been reading of the crocodiles recently dissected at Paris.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

  • They are too racial, and in parts too pictorial to be dissected in narrative style.

    The Pianolist

    Gustav Kobb

  • There is no error, for I dissected some of the seeds out of the middle of the pellets.

  • He was carried to the Westminster Hospital, and there dissected.

    Select Temperance Tracts

    American Tract Society


British Dictionary definitions for dissected

dissected

adjective
  1. botany in the form of narrow lobes or segmentsdissected leaves
  2. geology (of plains) cut by erosion into hills and valleys, esp following tectonic movements
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dissect

verb
  1. to cut open and examine the structure of (a dead animal or plant)
  2. (tr) to examine critically and minutely
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Derived Formsdissectible, adjectivedissection, noundissector, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin dissecāre, from dis- 1 + secāre to cut
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Word Origin and History for dissected

dissect

v.

c.1600, from Latin dissectus, past participle of dissecare "to cut to pieces" (see dissection). Or perhaps a back-formation from dissection. Related: Dissected; dissecting.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

dissected in Medicine

dissect

(dĭ-sĕkt, dī-, dīsĕkt′)
v.
  1. To cut apart or separate tissue, especially for anatomical study.
  2. In surgery, to separate different anatomical structures along natural lines by dividing the connective tissue framework.
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dissected in Science

dissect

[dĭ-sĕkt, dīsĕkt′]
  1. To cut apart or separate body tissues or organs, especially for anatomical study.
  2. In surgery, to separate different anatomical structures along natural lines by dividing the connective tissue framework.
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