Definition of vivisection
1 : the cutting of or operation on a living animal usually for physiological or pathological investigation; broadly : animal experimentation especially if considered to cause distress to the subject
2 : minute or pitiless examination or criticism
vivisectionalplay \ˌvi-və-ˈsek-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
vivisectionistplay \ˌvi-və-ˈsek-sh(ə-)nist\ noun
Did You Know?
Vivisection includes the Latin root sect, meaning "cut". The Greek physician Galen, who lived during the 2nd century A.D., practiced vivisection on live monkeys and dogs to learn such things as the role of the spinal cord in muscle activity and whether veins and arteries carry air or blood; his findings formed the basis of medical practice for more than a thousand years. Vivisection continues to be used in drug and medical research today, but often in secret, since it makes most people very uncomfortable and some groups are violently opposed to it.
Origin and Etymology of vivisection
Latin vivus + English section
First Known Use: 1707See Words from the same year
VIVISECTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vivisection for English Language Learners
: the activity or practice of doing scientific or medical experiments on live animals
Medical Definition of vivisection
: the cutting of or operation on a living animal usually for physiological or pathological investigation; broadly : animal experimentation especially if considered to cause distress or result in injury or death to the subject
vivisectional\ˌviv-ə-ˈsek-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective
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