vivisection viv·i·sec·tion (vĭv'ĭ-sěk'shən, vĭv'ĭ-sěk'-)
The act or practice of cutting into or otherwise injuring living animals, especially for the purpose of scientific research.
|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.
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.