a person who dissects cadavers for the illustration of anatomical lectures or the like.
a person who performs autopsies to establish the cause of death or the nature and seat of disease.

Nearby words

  1. prose edda,
  2. prose poem,
  3. prosecco,
  4. prosecretin,
  5. prosect,
  6. prosectorial,
  7. prosecute,
  8. prosecuting attorney,
  9. prosecution,
  10. prosecutor

Origin of prosector

1855–60; < Late Latin: anatomist, literally, one who cuts in public (or beforehand), equivalent to Latin prōsec(āre) to cut out (body organs) in public sacrifice (see pro-1, sect) + -tor -tor

Related formspro·sec·to·ri·al [proh-sek-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌproʊ sɛkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjectivepro·sec·tor·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for prosector



a person who prepares or dissects anatomical subjects for demonstration

Word Origin for prosector

C19: from Latin, from prōsecare to cut up; probably on the model of French prosecteur

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Medicine definitions for prosector




An individual who dissects cadavers for anatomical instruction or pathological examination.

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