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 John, who was recently recognized by the Lake Central school board for his work, said being able to do dissection and prosection on human cadavers has been a great experience for him. Hannah Reed, chicagotribune.com, "NWI brothers gain hands-on anatomical experience with former IUN professor in dissection program," 16 Oct. 2020 In the case of police and protest events, the dissection often involves scrutinizing several different pieces of footage frame by frame. Derek M. Norman, New York Times, "Police, Protests and Violence: How Times Video Experts Examine a Scene," 26 Sep. 2020 Seventeen years after the television star died of an aortic dissection in 2003, his 8 Simple Rules costar reflected on the actor’s enduring legacy. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Kaley Cuoco Pays Tribute to 8 Simple Rules Costar John Ritter on 17th Anniversary of His Death," 11 Sep. 2020 There was plenty of soul searching and film dissection with an extending pause from on-field work. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Pete Golding knows last year wasn’t good enough. He has a plan.," 21 Aug. 2020 It is heralded as a contemporary classic for its style and dissection of racial injustice. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "Oprah, Angela Bassett, lead star-studded cast for Baltimore writer Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘Between the World and Me’ adaption," 18 Aug. 2020 The latest season of Leon Neyfakh’s podcast is another forensic dissection of a well-known, but little-understood, part of American history. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "“Fiasco” Stars the Real Heroes of Boston’s School Desegregation," 14 Aug. 2020 But a dissection of a person’s bookcases obscures the visual cue that a library is more likely to suggest: that of contemplation. Sheila Marikar, ELLE Decor, "The Home Library Is Now the Place to Be—and Take Zoom Meetings From," 7 Aug. 2020 Sidestepping in this way lets people feel validated (validation is often their motivation, anyway), and also sends the message that your childhood is not up for discussion and dissection. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Family survivor doesn't want to talk about it," 3 Aug. 2020

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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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24 Oct 2020

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“Dissection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissection. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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