Definition of dissect in English:

dissect

Syllabification: dis·sect
Pronunciation: /diˈsekt, dī-
 
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Methodically cut up (a body, part, or plant) in order to study its internal parts.
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    • In order to paint the human form better, he studied anatomy, dissecting many cadavers at a time when this was unusual, and drawing them in painstaking detail.
    • From each plant one randomly chosen, fresh flower was dissected under a binocular microscope to separate the corolla, androecium and gynoecium.
    • Come 9pm it is hard to avoid a body being dissected or a corpse in a state of decomposition.
    Synonyms
    anatomize, cut up/open, dismember; vivisect
  • 1.1Analyze (something) in minute detail: novels that dissect our obsession with cities and urban angst
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    • It begins by looking at literary analysis where it is normal to dissect texts to understand the techniques they use to achieve aesthetic technique.
    • Thirty-six competitions, the majority for public projects, their submitted images, models and texts, are dissected in detail.
    • Echevarria brilliantly dissects the ideas of these thinkers.
    Synonyms
    analyze, examine, study, scrutinize, pore over, investigate, go over with a fine-tooth comb

Derivatives

dissector

noun
More example sentences
  • The Periosteal dissectors and scissors are 12 cm long and they may be straight or curved.
  • It was not known in Edinburgh or London, when I demonstrated it, and it is now detected in one of thirty subjects, when dissectors are attentive.
  • No lesser homage must be paid to them by dissectors.

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin dissect- 'cut up', from the verb dissecare, from dis- 'apart' + secare 'to cut'.

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