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[dih-sek-shuh n, dahy-] /dɪˈsɛk ʃən, daɪ-/
the act of dissecting.
something that has been dissected.
a detailed, part-by-part analysis.
Origin of dissection
1575-85; < Latin dissectiōn- (stem of dissectiō), equivalent to dissect- (see dissect) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
redissection, noun
self-dissection, noun Unabridged
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  • For one body, for example, scanning revealed a lethal stroke that dissection missed.
  • No surprise, then, that the dissection of the human body attracts so many attempts at explication.
  • Worse, dissection led to more complications, not fewer.
  • Once doctors had insured a dignified and respectful dissection at the hospital, public opinion turned.
  • So it's no surprise to learn that his own life was framed by the exacting discipline of anatomical dissection.
  • Researchers view each hair-thin wafer of brain tissue under a microscope outfitted with a laser for precision dissection.
  • One with a more reasonable plan that survives the math and on-air dissection wins.
  • The book shifts halfway through into a lower gear and becomes a fragmented and partial dissection of a career.
  • The kinds of paintings that he made represent a dissection of the human soul-his own in particular.
  • Hitherto the majority has been distinctly inclined to give a sentence of summary decapitation and dissection.
Word Origin and History for dissection

1580s, from Middle French dissection, from Medieval Latin dissectionem (nominative dissectio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin dissecare "cut in pieces," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + secare "to cut" (see section).

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dissection in Medicine

dissection dis·sec·tion (dĭ-sěk'shən, dī-)

  1. The act or an instance of dissecting.

  2. Something that has been dissected, such as a tissue specimen under study.

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