An example of dissect is to cut open a dead squid and examine its insides.
- to cut apart piece by piece; separate into parts, as a body for purposes of study; anatomize
- to examine or analyze closely
Origin of dissect; from Classical Latin dissectus, past participle of dissecare, to cut apart ; from dis-, apart + secare, to cut: see saw
transitive verbdis·sect·ed, dis·sect·ing, dis·sects
- To cut apart or separate (tissue), especially for anatomical study.
- To examine, analyze, or criticize in minute detail: dissected the plan afterward to learn why it had failed.
Origin of dissectLatin dissec&amacron;re, dissect-, to cut apart : dis-, dis- + sec&amacron;re, to cut up; see sek- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present dissects, present participle dissecting, simple past and past participle dissected)
- To study an animal's anatomy by cutting it apart; to perform a necropsy or an autopsy.
- To study a plant or other organism's anatomy similarly.
- To analyze an idea in detail by separating it into its parts.
- (anatomy, surgery) To separate muscles, organs, and so on without cutting into them or disrupting their architecture.
- (pathology) Of an infection or foreign material, following the fascia separating muscles or other organs.