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[dih-sek-tid, dahy-] /dɪˈsɛk tɪd, daɪ-/
Botany. deeply divided into numerous segments, as a leaf.
Physical Geography. separated, by erosion, into many closely spaced crevices or gorges, as the surface of a plateau.
Origin of dissected
1625-35; dissect + -ed2
Related forms
undissected, adjective
well-dissected, adjective


[dih-sekt, dahy-] /dɪˈsɛkt, daɪ-/
verb (used with object)
to cut apart (an animal body, plant, etc.) to examine the structure, relation of parts, or the like.
to examine minutely part by part; analyze:
to dissect an idea.
1600-10; < Latin dissectus (past participle of dissecāre to cut up), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + sec- cut + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
dissectible, adjective
dissector, noun
redissect, verb (used with object)
self-dissecting, adjective
Can be confused
bisect, dissect.
1, 2. anatomize. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dissected
  • They are experts who have earned advanced degrees, dissected data, and published books.
  • Each dissected body will reveal a different tissue or organ system.
  • Once the parasites have had time to breed in the mosquitoes, the insects are killed and dissected under a microscope.
  • So the legitimate supply consisted largely of the corpses of executed criminals, dissected as their final punishment.
  • On the other hand, for a change they're not the ones whose judgment is being dissected, debated and criticised.
  • These are the places in which the signal is being dissected and processed.
  • Why they don't care and are so disaffected should be dissected afterwards but that does not excuse their actions.
  • But electoral decisions are not made in laboratory settings where issues are dissected.
  • The narratives of destroyed lives and broken families have never been dissected in magazines, or in books, or in syndication.
  • The walls have been dissected by landslides forming reentrants.
British Dictionary definitions for dissected


/dɪˈsɛktɪd; daɪ-/
(botany) in the form of narrow lobes or segments: dissected leaves
(geology) (of plains) cut by erosion into hills and valleys, esp following tectonic movements


/dɪˈsɛkt; daɪ-/
to cut open and examine the structure of (a dead animal or plant)
(transitive) to examine critically and minutely
Derived Forms
dissectible, adjective
dissection, noun
dissector, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dissecāre, from dis-1 + secāre to cut
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Word Origin and History for dissected



c.1600, from Latin dissectus, past participle of dissecare "to cut to pieces" (see dissection). Or perhaps a back-formation from dissection. Related: Dissected; dissecting.

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dissected in Medicine

dissect dis·sect (dĭ-sěkt', dī-, dī'sěkt')
v. dis·sect·ed, dis·sect·ing, dis·sects

  1. To cut apart or separate tissue, especially for anatomical study.

  2. In surgery, to separate different anatomical structures along natural lines by dividing the connective tissue framework.

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dissected in Science
  (dĭ-sěkt', dī'sěkt')   
  1. To cut apart or separate body tissues or organs, especially for anatomical study.

  2. In surgery, to separate different anatomical structures along natural lines by dividing the connective tissue framework.

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