Simple Definition of dissect
: to cut (a plant or dead animal) into separate parts in order to study it
: to study or examine (something) closely and carefully
: to divide (something) into parts
Examples of dissect in a sentence
We dissected a frog in science class.
She dissected each point of his argument.
We dissected the poem in class.
The city is dissected by a network of highways.
Origin and Etymology of dissect
Latin dissectus, past participle of dissecare to cut apart, from dis- + secare to cut — more at saw
First Known Use: 1598
Synonym Discussion of dissect
DISSECT Defined for Kids
Definition of dissect for Students
: to cut or take apart especially for examination <We dissected a flower in science class.>
Medical Definition of dissect
: to cut so as to separate into pieces or to expose the several parts of (as an animal or a cadaver) for scientific examination; specifically : to separate or follow along natural lines of cleavage (as through connective tissue) <dissect out the regional lymph nodes> <a dissecting aneurysm>
intransitive verb: to make a medical dissection
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