- to dissect the living body of (an animal).
- to practice vivisection.
Origin of vivisect
First recorded in 1860–65; back formation from vivisection
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Examples from the Web for vivisector
It is you who are the vivisector—a far crueller, more wanton vivisector than he.The Philanderer
George Bernard Shaw
Any vivisector would, if he had the courage of his opinions.
Had I known you were a vivisector, I should not only have refused to marry you, I should have declined to associate with you.The Beth Book
A cobra's bite hurts so little that the creature is almost, legally speaking, a vivisector who inflicts no pain.
The object of the sportsman is to kill, and the object of the vivisector is to keep his victim alive while he cuts it up.Experiments on Animals
- to subject (an animal) to vivisection
C19: back formation from vivisection
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Word Origin and History for vivisector
1859, back-formation from vivisection. Related: Vivisected; vivisecting.
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