dis·​sec·​tion | \ dī-ˈsek-shən How to pronounce dissection (audio) also di- How to pronounce dissection (audio) , ˈdī-ˌsek- How to pronounce dissection (audio) \

Definition of dissection

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

Examples of dissection in a Sentence

the book's dissection of the problem of obesity in this country
Recent Examples on the Web After Ritter's untimely death in 2003 from an aortic dissection, his family started the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health. Good Housekeeping Editors, Good Housekeeping, 9 May 2022 The problem was, the typical bird-dissection technique focused almost entirely on the male. Rachel E. Gross, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Mar. 2022 The Demaines began this puzzle-font experiganza around the turn of the century with a dissection puzzle — a puzzle whereby one shape, or polygon, is sliced up and reassembled into other geometric shapes. Siobhan Roberts, New York Times, 25 June 2021 In 2014, an anatomy student was horrified to discover the cadaver on his dissection table was a friend who disappeared two weeks earlier. Washington Post, 21 June 2021 Three broad openings puncture this cubic block, and rather abruptly (suggesting a dissection rather than a natural aperture). Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 The scene immediately brings to mind AOC’s similar semiotics-savvy dissection of her opponent’s campaign pamphlet in House. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Jan. 2022 She was known for her cool and ruthless dissection of culture and politics, from hippies to presidential campaigns to the kidnapping of Patty Hearst. Fox News, 24 Dec. 2021 There will also be panels and discussions focusing on visionaries of creator and influencer marketing, music industry strategies, film and TV breakthrough campaigns, and the dissection of how fan universes are built around franchises. William Earl, Variety, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Dissection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissection. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for dissection


dis·​sec·​tion | \ di-ˈsek-shən How to pronounce dissection (audio) \

Kids Definition of dissection

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


dis·​sec·​tion | \ dis-ˈek-shən; dī-ˈsek- How to pronounce dissection (audio) , ˈdī-ˌ How to pronounce dissection (audio) \

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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