[ viv-uh-sekt, viv-uh-sekt ]
/ ˈvɪv əˌsɛkt, ˌvɪv əˈsɛkt /
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verb (used with object)
to dissect the living body of (an animal).
verb (used without object)
to practice vivisection.
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Origin of vivisect
First recorded in 1860–65; back formation from vivisection
OTHER WORDS FROM vivisectviv·i·sec·tor, nounself-viv·i·sec·tor, noun
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How to use vivisect in a sentence
Strindberg is known as perhaps the most ferocious and skilful vivisector of the human soul.Impressions And Comments|Havelock Ellis
A locked enclosure on a lonely island, a notorious vivisector, and these crippled and distorted men?The Island of Doctor Moreau|H. G. Wells
A cobra's bite hurts so little that the creature is almost, legally speaking, a vivisector who inflicts no pain.The Doctor's Dilemma: Preface on Doctors|George Bernard Shaw
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|Stephen Paget
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|Sarah Grand
British Dictionary definitions for vivisect
/ (ˈvɪvɪˌsɛkt, ˌvɪvɪˈsɛkt) /
to subject (an animal) to vivisection
Derived forms of vivisectvivisector, noun
Word Origin for vivisect
C19: back formation from vivisection
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