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

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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However, four years after his death, researchers reported that fluoroquinolones can cause aortic aneurysms and dissections. Joe Graedon, M.s., And Teresa Graedon, Houston Chronicle, "Natural approaches may ease white fingers of Raynaud’s," 17 June 2018 A few weeks from this conversation, the character got caught up in controversy after comedian Michelle Wolf compared divisive White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Aunt Lydia, sparking countless dissections. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "Ann Dowd follows her own path to success in 'The Handmaid's Tale'," 18 May 2018 Following Yuudai’s date dissection, Shion goes to handle some man business of his own. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "This Episode of Terrace House Ends on a Cliff-hanger," 17 May 2018 Educational programs range from guided hikes to owl pellet dissection. Houston Chronicle, "Houston nature centers and preserves," 10 May 2018 Henry Ford College is one of only five education institutions to provide an Anatomage Table, a virtual dissection system that allows students to perform an autopsy on a virtual cadaver. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Henry Ford College is 1 of 5 schools in Michigan with virtual cadaver," 16 Feb. 2018 Hathaway delivers a sharp, witty dissection of female celebrity, at once impenetrably vain and entitled, yet also riven with self-doubt. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "The Modestly Diverting Gender Swap of Ocean’s 8," 8 June 2018 But then, not every company had a good year, as Geoff Colvin relates in his sharp, analytical dissection of the debacle at General Electric. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "How This Year’s Fortune 500 Breaks One Record After the Next," 25 May 2018 Her dissection of the institution of motherhood remains a cornerstone of second-wave feminist analysis. M.j. Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "M is for the many things no one tells you about motherhood," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of dissection

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dissection was in 1578

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dis·​sec·​tion | \di-ˈsek-shən \

Kids Definition of dissection

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


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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