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

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Examples of dissection in a Sentence

the book's dissection of the problem of obesity in this country
Recent Examples on the Web In their opening statements, both the defense and the prosecution laid out an abundance of cold data and promised a dissection of it in the days ahead. Washington Post, "Justice by the numbers," 29 Mar. 2021 The three-part series offers not only a riveting whodunit dissection of the bloody crimes but also a fascinating exploration of Mormon history. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Latest from Mormon Land: The $100B question remains — Will the IRS go after the church?," 18 Mar. 2021 Over the past year, the author of Educated discovered the power of poetry through Mary Oliver’s dissection of nature and everyday moments in collections like Blue Horses. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "9 Authors on the Books That Got Them Through a Year of the Pandemic," 12 Mar. 2021 Larson fell in his own kitchen due to an aortic dissection, which doctors previously had misdiagnosed as either influenza or stress. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Column: A quarter-century later, the musical ‘Rent’ still resonates," 4 Mar. 2021 Three months after the Zoom zoarcid dissection, Dykman called me with news. Sabrina Imbler, The Atlantic, "An Epic Journey to Adulthood Begins in the Intestines of a Deep-Sea Fish," 16 Feb. 2021 An hour into the dissection, Dykman is deep inside the fish’s gut. Sabrina Imbler, The Atlantic, "An Epic Journey to Adulthood Begins in the Intestines of a Deep-Sea Fish," 16 Feb. 2021 And this is where Oppenheim, who also co-edited and was a producer (along with, among others, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky), falters given the wealth of physical and emotional dissection someplace as singular as the Villages nearly demands. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Some Kind of Heaven’ skims the surface of life inside retirement mecca the Villages," 14 Jan. 2021 Here are some clips from that recording, and Huke’s own dissection of each play. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "‘That should never happen to your team’: Dallas Empire’s ‘Huke’ goes through big plays, mistakes in team scrimmage," 13 Jan. 2021

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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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4 Apr 2021

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“Dissection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissection. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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