vivisection [ viv- uh- sek-sh uh n ] SHOW IPA / ˌvɪv əˈsɛk ʃən / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun the action of cutting into or dissecting a living body. the practice of subjecting living animals to cutting operations, especially in order to advance physiological and pathological knowledge. RELATED WORDS postmortem
partition Origin of vivisection
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section Related forms viv·i·sec·tion·al, adjective viv·i·sec·tion·al·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for vivisection British Dictionary definitions for vivisection noun the act or practice of performing experiments on living animals, involving cutting into or dissecting the body Derived Forms vivisectional, adjective vivisectionally, adverb Word Origin for vivisection
vivi-, from Latin vīvus living + section, as in dissection
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Word Origin and History for vivisection n.
"dissection of a living animal," 1707, from Latin
vivus "alive" (see vivid) + ending from dissection).
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Medicine definitions for vivisection vivisection [ vĭv′ĭ-sĕk ′shən, vĭv ′ĭ-sĕk′- ] n. The act or practice of cutting into or performing surgery on living animals for the purpose of scientific research. Related forms viv′i•sec ′tion•ist n.
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Science definitions for vivisection The practice of examining internal organs and tissues by cutting into or dissecting a living animal, especially for the purpose of scientific research.
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Culture definitions for vivisection vivisection [ (viv-uh- sek-shuhn, viv-uh-sek-shuhn) ]
The cutting up or dissection of animals, including anesthetized live animals, in scientific research. Vivisection is also a general term for the use of animals as subjects in laboratory experiments, especially in the development of new medical techniques and drugs.
Vivisection, as well as the general use of animals in medical research, is a target of protest by animal rights advocates.
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