from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of dissecting.
  • n. Something that has been dissected, such as a tissue specimen under study.
  • n. A detailed examination or analysis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of dissecting, or something dissected
  • n. A minute and detailed examination or analysis

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of dissecting an animal or plant.
  • n. Fig.: The act of separating or dividing for the purpose of critical examination.
  • n. Anything dissected; especially, some part, or the whole, of an animal or plant dissected so as to exhibit the structure; an anatomical so prepared.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The operation of cutting open or separating into parts. Specifically
  • n. The process of cutting into parts an animal or a plant, or a part of one, in such a way as to show its structure or to separate one or more of its organs or tissues for examination: as, the dissection of a dog; the dissection of a hand or a flower.
  • n.
  • n. The act of separating anything into distinct or elementary parts for the purpose of critical examination; treatment or consideration of something in detail or point by point.
  • n. A segment; a division; a part.
  • n. In botany, the condition of being dissected. See dissected.
  • n. In geology, the erosion of a land-surface into numerous irregular valleys. See dissect, 4.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. detailed critical analysis or examination one part at a time (as of a literary work)
  • n. a minute and critical analysis
  • n. cutting so as to separate into pieces


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  • Though not interested in dissection and content to bring the curiosity to me, she was not at all satisfied that I opted to release it.

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  • Regardless of the reasons, Indian anatomists and zoologists, who were no doubt just as curious as the Greeks about the origins of life, and as skilled in dissection, did not feel compelled to set their disciplines up in opposition to metaphysics.

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  • But that's not really what Childress can do, because if he takes Favre's option to play out of Favre's hands, he's creating a full-scale mutiny, opening himself up to dissection from the press, and putting himself in the firing line by basically acknowledging what is becoming more and more obvious: Favre or not, the Vikings are a rapidly aging team, lacking the overall talent at this point in time to make a clear Super Bowl run.

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  • As a result, "the dissection is the least of his problems," said Stephan A.

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  • The dissection is the shearing away of an inner wall of the aorta, most likely caused by an aneurysm or dilation of this section.

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  • Like someone getting their jaw torn off, or a person getting cleaved in half by a sword dissection by bisection?

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  • I was going to say something about how the lead singer of the Cramps, Lux Interior, was doing the most disgusting stuff imaginable, but I'll refrain, as I just learned that Lux died in February of an aortic dissection, which is the same heart problem that also took John Ritter's life.

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  • The New York Times devoted parts of three pages in its Sunday Business section to a 3,500-word dissection of the problems at Ford, yet amazingly failed to mention even once the words at the heart of the auto industry's troubles: pensions and health insurance.

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  • Day after day, I am finding it harder and harder to snark out a 1,000-word dissection of today's political lunacy.

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