vivisection

[viv-uh-sek-shuhn]
noun
1.
the action of cutting into or dissecting a living body.
2.
the practice of subjecting living animals to cutting operations, especially in order to advance physiological and pathological knowledge.

Origin:
1700–10; vivi- + section

vivisectional, adjective
vivisectionally, adverb
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vivisection (ˌvɪvɪˈsɛkʃən)
 
n
the act or practice of performing experiments on living animals, involving cutting into or dissecting the body
 
[C18: from vivi-, from Latin vīvus living + section, as in dissection]
 
vivi'sectional
 
adj
 
vivi'sectionally
 
adv

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vivisection
"dissection of a living animal," 1707, from L. vivus "alive" (see vivid) + (dis)section (see section).
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vivisection viv·i·sec·tion (vĭv'ĭ-sěk'shən, vĭv'ĭ-sěk'-)
n.
The act or practice of cutting into or otherwise injuring living animals, especially for the purpose of scientific research.


viv'i·sec'tion·ist n.
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vivisection   (vĭv'ĭ-sěk'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
The practice of examining internal organs and tissues by cutting into or dissecting a living animal, especially for the purpose of scientific research.
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vivisection [(viv-uh-sek-shuhn, viv-uh-sek-shuhn)]

The cutting up or dissection of animals, including anesthetized live animals, in scientific research. Vivisection is also a general term for the use of animals as subjects in laboratory experiments, especially in the development of new medical techniques and drugs.

Note: Vivisection, as well as the general use of animals in medical research, is a target of protest by animal rights advocates.
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Vivisection or science an investigation into testing drugs and safeguarding health.
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