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vivisection

noun viv·i·sec·tion \ˌvi-və-ˈsek-shən, ˈvi-və-ˌ\

: the activity or practice of doing scientific or medical experiments on live animals

Full Definition of VIVISECTION

1
:  the cutting of or operation on a living animal usually for physiological or pathological investigation; broadly :  animal experimentation especially if considered to cause distress to the subject
2
:  minute or pitiless examination or criticism
viv·i·sec·tion·al \ˌvi-və-ˈsek-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
viv·i·sec·tion·ist \-ˈsek-sh(ə-)nist\ noun

Origin of VIVISECTION

Latin vivus + English section
First Known Use: 1707

Other Physiology Terms

eructation, flux, gustatory, menarche, myopia, senescence, torpor
Medical Dictionary

vivisection

noun vivi·sec·tion \ˌviv-ə-ˈsek-shən, ˈviv-ə-ˌ\

Medical Definition of VIVISECTION

:  the cutting of or operation on a living animal usually for physiological or pathological investigation; broadly :  animal experimentation especially if considered to cause distress or result in injury or death to the subject
vivi·sect \-ˈsekt\ verb
vivi·sec·tion·al \ˌviv-ə-ˈsek-shnəl, -shən-əl\ adjective

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