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prosector

[ proh-sek-ter ]
/ proʊˈsɛk tər /
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noun

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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM prosector

pro·sec·to·ri·al [proh-sek-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-], /ˌproʊ sɛkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjectivepro·sec·tor·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for prosector

prosector
/ (prəʊˈsɛktə) /

noun

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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Medical definitions for prosector

prosector
[ prō-sĕktər ]

n.

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