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dissect

[dih-sekt, dahy-] /dɪˈsɛkt, daɪ-/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cut apart (an animal body, plant, etc.) to examine the structure, relation of parts, or the like.
2.
to examine minutely part by part; analyze:
to dissect an idea.
Origin
1600-1610
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.
Synonyms
1, 2. anatomize.
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  • Although scientists have made considerable progress in dissecting the staling process, it remains poorly understood.
  • Not textbook biology, the kind you learn in high school with microscopes and dissecting kits.
  • As soon as her instructor's dissecting knife cuts into the cadaver's skin, a medical student swoons, falling to the floor.
  • It's as if the animal had been skinned on a dissecting table.
  • Moreover, pathologists sometimes get only one chance to look for clues when dissecting a body.
  • Investors have two options to choose from when dissecting the books, neither of them good.
  • The authors suggest cloning a fund by dissecting its performance over the past year or two.
  • Pundits never tire of dissecting the president's personality.
  • The league even donates money to medical researchers dissecting ex-players' brains.
  • The features of note are the various canyons, gullies, and channels dissecting the continental slope.
British Dictionary definitions for dissecting

dissect

/dɪˈsɛkt; daɪ-/
verb
1.
to cut open and examine the structure of (a dead animal or plant)
2.
(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 dissecting

dissect

v.

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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dissecting 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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dissecting in Science
dissect
  (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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