dissection

noun
dis·​sec·​tion | \ dī-ˈsek-shən also di- , ˈdī-ˌsek- \

Definition of dissection

1 : the act or process of dissecting : the state of being dissected
2 : an anatomical specimen prepared by dissecting

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Examples of dissection in a Sentence

the book's dissection of the problem of obesity in this country

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Jonathan Larson, the composer and playwright of the musical, sadly passed away following an aortic dissection in the early morning on January 25, 1996—the very day Rent was set to open in previews Off-Broadway. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "'Rent' Composer Jonathan Larson's Legacy Lives On," 25 Jan. 2019 A few of the other standout classes include a vet camp, which allows 10- and 11-year-olds to use medical tools such as microscopes and dissection equipment, and the night crawlers camp, which is an overnight zoo camp. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County Zoo brings back dinosaur summer camps to celebrate returning Jurassic exhibit," 26 Mar. 2018 On some occasions, the king even took part in the dissections. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 The entire episode is one long monologue, a raw, brutally honest dissection of their twisted relationship. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2018: Our favorite shows and binges," 24 Dec. 2018 In addition to Ellis’ own thoughtful dissection of creator culture, the video also includes a guest appearance from VidCon co-creator Hank Green. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "All hail bongo cat," 14 Sep. 2018 The heart-attack study found that 15% of the incidents involved spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD: A tear forms in a blood vessel in the heart, causing a heart attack. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "A Troubling Rise in Pregnancy-Related Heart Problems," 13 Aug. 2018 But her embrace of pop, and the surge it’s given her career, also made Ms. Cottrill uneasy, especially as her every move has become fodder for dissection on Reddit. Joe Coscarelli, New York Times, "Clairo’s ‘Pretty Girl’ Went Viral. Then She Had to Prove Herself.," 23 May 2018 The sitcom took a sad turn, however, when just one year after the premiere, John died of an aortic dissection in September 2003. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "How Kaley Cuoco Became One of the Highest-Paid Women on TV," 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of dissection

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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dissection

noun
dis·​sec·​tion | \ di-ˈsek-shən \

Kids Definition of dissection

: the act of cutting something or taking something apart for examination

dissection

noun
dis·​sec·​tion | \ dis-ˈek-shən; dī-ˈsek- , ˈdī-ˌ \

Medical Definition of dissection

1 : the act or process of dissecting or separating: as
a : the surgical removal along natural lines of cleavage of tissues which are or might become diseased
b : the digital separation of tissues (as in heart-valve operations) — compare finger fracture
c : a pathological splitting or separation of tissue — see aortic dissection
2a : something (as a part or the whole of an animal) that has been dissected
b : an anatomical specimen prepared in this way

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