dissection

noun
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

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The Dolphins, whose 2019 tanking plans are going swimmingly, are coming off a brutal 59-10 home beatdown against the Baltimore Ravens while the defending champs come to town off a dominating 33-3 home dissection of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ken Pomponio, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "NFL Betting: 3 best underdog bets for Week 2," 11 Sep. 2019 With a dissection, the chance of dying rises with every minute and every hour. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "He was 30 and almost died playing cornhole at IMS; now he's back at track," 6 Sep. 2019 But revisiting the film now, that powerful feeling is diluted not just by Sparks’ recent scandal but by the kind of over analysis and dissection that comes with adulthood. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Did Nicholas Sparks Kill The Notebook? Or, Was It Always Doomed?," 24 June 2019 Indeed, the material, although both fascinating and entertaining, is left displayed naked on the dissection table in a somewhat disjointed and frivolous manner that is ultimately disappointing. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, "‘The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth’ Review: Desperate Remedies," 12 Dec. 2018 Team members like Zheng and Rodgers receive notice of the brain’s arrival and assemble at the brain bank to perform the dissection. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Inside a Brain Bank, Where Humans’ Most Precious Organ Is Dissected and Studied," 21 Aug. 2019 Take Froggipedia, which lets teachers lead students through a frog dissection without having to explain the senseless death of the amphibian. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Google Lens, Augmented Reality, and the Future of Learning," 20 Aug. 2019 Cave made a project of collecting inflatable holiday lawn figures — Uncle Sam, Rudolph, spiders and ghouls, bunnies and Easter eggs — and went about their gleeful dissection. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Inflatable cartoon monsters feel like ‘a form of protest’ at South End’s Cyclorama," 8 Aug. 2019 But revisiting the film now, that powerful feeling is diluted not just by Sparks’ recent scandal but by the kind of overanalysis and dissection that comes with adulthood. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Did Nicholas Sparks Kill The Notebook? Or, Was It Always Doomed?," 25 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce dissection (audio) \

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- 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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