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vivisect Line breaks: vivi|sect
Pronunciation: /ˈvɪvɪsɛkt/

Definition of vivisect in English:


[with object]
(Used only by opponents of the practice) perform vivisection on (an animal): people are vivisecting animals and experimenting with germ warfare figurative science has been directed to the task of reducing, dividing, and vivisecting nature to manageable proportions
More example sentences
  • Have we the right to make experiments on animals and vivisect them?
  • It may be ethically objectionable to vivisect animals, or pursue profits at the expense of nature and community, but it is usually legal.
  • A further note on Victor's improbable career: when he is not creating life in the lab, or necromancing with mummy DNA, he apparently vivisects chimpanzees.


Example sentences
  • Croce reveals the clear contradiction in the attitude of the vivisector towards animals.
  • First of all, for those of you who don't know me, I am a former vivisector and I speak out against vivisection now.
  • Additionally, two animal labs and three vivisector's offices were entered and all contents relating to animal research were destroyed.


Mid 19th century: back-formation from vivisection.

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