One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having been cut up for anatomical study.
- ‘By replacing body fluids with transparent plastic, plastination maintains the natural shape and color of dissected tissues.’
- ‘While methanol is a naturally occurring chemical found in tomato juice, formaldehyde is a poison used to kill fire ants and to preserve dissected specimens in biology lab.’
- ‘This leads King into an extended digression on Michelangelo's use of nudity, including the evidence that the artist had studied dissected corpses in great detail.’
- ‘In this study, we use one half of dissected lymph nodes for histologic examination and the other half for telomerase assay.’
- ‘Whole petals or dissected tissues were chopped with a sharp razor blade in 0.5 ml of nuclei extraction buffer (solution A of the kit).’
- ‘It is also noted that many artificial fluorogenic substrates have been developed that provide alternative methods and extend the scope of enzymatic reactions that can be studied quantitatively with small dissected samples.’
- ‘We may look at a dissected heart and think that's all there is to it but what about those 78% of heart transplant patients who have memories that are not their own?’
- ‘I was beyond laughter, I just sat there agog, trashed and feeling like a dissected cadaver in a lab, in silent hysterics somewhere in between my ears because my mouth and larynx had ceased to communicate with my brain.’
- ‘Measurements are for dissected embryos for the early-oil, mid-oil, and desiccating stages, and for whole seed at the mature seed stage.’
- ‘One way is microdissection of the tissue, in which the antigen was localized using immunohistochemistry, and immunoblot analysis or activity measurements of extracts of the dissected tissue.’
- ‘In experiments on dissected tissue, the accessory structure is usually removed.’
- ‘When releases were complete, the limbs were formally dissected, and the proximity of neurovascular structures relative to the fascial incisions was measured and documented.’
- ‘An added attraction is models and dissected specimens of human body - liver, spleen, kidney, foetus and hip joints - all preserved in formaldehyde solution.’
- ‘What was it like walking right up to the dead, dissected bodies?’
- ‘As a result of these preservation techniques, there are several museums of human anatomy today containing permanent displays of beautifully dissected specimens.’
- ‘The leaves dropping from the trees in autumn, the interior of an airplane engine, the entrails of a dissected rabbit, the city desk of a newspaper, all appear to be chaos if they are seen without comprehension.’
2Having a divided form or structure.
- ‘Images included dissected lines on a screen, the subtleties of bird flight expressed through the movements of hands and head, a weaving toy plane.’
- ‘Our analysis of dissected stems and the outer anatomy of fossil logs indicates that the Eocene Metasequoia were strongly self-pruning.’
- ‘However, in longitudinal optical sections of dissected bundles immersed in lactic acid, they could be recognized as flattened and stretched helical wall thickenings.’
- ‘This attractive liverwort has dissected edges to its fronds, giving the appearance of small petals.’
- ‘Noxubee County, Mississippi had the most fragments of prairie, a reflection of a landscape that was highly dissected by streams.’
- ‘Within the opening room is a tall, minimalist sculpture made of glass, to which a cluster of carefully dissected books has been attached: one blue, one brown, one black.’
- 2.1Botany (of a leaf) divided into many deep lobes.
- ‘B. erecta is a stoloniferous species, consisting of a rosette of petiolated dissected leaves.’
- ‘True aquatic plant species often have thin, highly dissected leaves, a morphology which is believed to be directed to the optimization of gas exchange underwater.’
- ‘These are the maples with deeply dissected leaves.’
- ‘The thickness of the boundary layer is also highly dependent on the morphology of the leaf, with more dissected leaves having a thinner boundary layer than broad leaves.’
- ‘Morphologically, the population is distinguished by having much more dissected leaves than the normal form.’
- 2.2Geology (of a plateau or upland) divided by a number of deep valleys.
- ‘The topography of this region is highly dissected, with moderate to steep slopes.’
- ‘Most of the Kimberley Group is undeformed and a broad dissected plateau is developed on the flat-lying rocks.’
- ‘It's a dissected Plateau margin with canyons, rocky hills and Mesquite / Cedar bush cover.’
- ‘The reserve at Balnaguard Glen was created in 1976 and is a highly dissected gorge dominated by birch and juniper woodland and marked by spectacular landslips on its northern side.’
- ‘The scalloped rim presents a series of sheer walls ahead and behind, but to our left there is an utter falling away, a dropping and dropping until a dissected badlands finally looms up.’
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