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1. (Science: anatomy) to divide into separate parts; to cut in pieces; to separate and expose the parts of, as an animal or a plant, for examination and to show their structure and relations; to anatomize.

2. To analyze, for the purposes of science or criticism; to divide and examine minutely. This paragraph . . . I have dissected for a sample. (Atterbury)

Origin: L. Dissectus, p. P. Of dissecare; dis- _ secare to cut. See section.