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dissect

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Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈsɛkt
 
, dɪ-/

Definition of dissect in English:

verb

[with object]
1Methodically cut up (a body or plant) in order to study its internal parts: an animal’s eye can be easily dissected
More example sentences
  • 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, cut/lay open, dismember;
1.1Analyse (a text or idea) in minute detail: he dissected the Prime Minister’s statement and revealed the truth behind it
More example sentences
  • 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

Origin

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

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  • insect from (early 17th century):

    Insects have bodies that are divided into segments, and segments are the basic idea behind the word. Insect was formed in the 17th century from Latin animal insectum ‘segmented animal’, and originally referred to any small cold-blooded creature with a segmented body, for example, a spider, not just what we would call insects. The root word is secare ‘to cut’, which gave us dissect (late 16th century), section (Late Middle English), and segment (late 16th century).

Derivatives

dissector

1
noun
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.

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