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 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
Rhymes with dissect
abject, advect, affect, aspect, bisect, cathect, collect, confect, connect, convect, correct, cowl-necked, defect, deflect, deject, detect, direct, Dordrecht, effect, eject, elect, erect, ewe-necked, expect, goosenecked, infect, inflect, inject, insect, inspect, neglect, object, pandect, porrect, prefect, prelect, project, prospect, protect, refect, reflect, reject, resect, respect, ring-necked, roll-necked, select, stiff-necked, subject, suspect, traject, transect, trisect, Utrecht, V-necked
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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