Definition of vivisection in English:

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Pronunciation: /vɪvɪˈsɛkʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The practice of performing operations on live animals for the purpose of experimentation or scientific research (used only by opponents of such work): the abolition of vivisection
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  • One commenter has even suggested Aaron's lack of posting on animal vivisection in the past somehow means he is being hypocritical now.
  • The collection on ‘Protecting’ includes vivid protests against vivisection and cruelty to animals.
  • Still other revisions seek to update Animal Farm by cleverly linking it to topics such as animal rights and vivisection.
1.1Ruthlessly sharp and detailed criticism or analysis: the vivisection of America’s seamy underbelly
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  • Although Hirschberg is famous for turning celebrity profiles into celebrity vivisections, her portrait of Seinfeld was basically a Valentine.





Pronunciation: /ˌvɪvɪˈsɛkʃ(ə)nɪst/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Apparently pitched into a renegade research institute where vivisectionists are investigating what makes man tick, the audience are never sure whether they are visitors or subjects as they are herded about in darkness.
  • Our English vivisectionists study in the schools of the Continent, and in several cases have brought over foreigners to be their assistants at home.
  • Many writers have already discussed vivisection in great depth, but I hope I can give you another angle - that of a vivisectionist.


Early 18th century: from Latin vivus 'living', on the pattern of dissection.

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