Definition of prosector in US English:



North American
  • A person who dissects corpses for examination or anatomical demonstration.

    • ‘One of his positions was that of prosector for the London Zoo, which meant that he had to dissect and preserve any zoo animals that died in captivity.’
    • ‘It allows the pathologist to take a more independent role, may decrease litigation and cost, fosters communication between clinician and prosector, and, most importantly, helps to improve the quality of care.’
    • ‘Autopsies were performed by attending pediatric pathologists with assistance by pathology residents and a prosector, and sometimes were attended by pediatric genetics physicians.’
    • ‘There is greater communication between the clinician and the prosector in that the clinician completes the problem-oriented autopsy request, giving a brief clinical summary with clinical diagnoses.’
    • ‘He was offered a position at the university as a substitute prosector in anatomy.’
    • ‘Take, for example, the sad case of Michael Servetus, who had worked with the father of anatomy, Andreas Vesalius, as a prosector in Paris.’
    • ‘Within the first year, his group of prosectors had completed summaries on more than 1000 autopsies, carefully documenting every congenital and acquired lesion and cataloging the abnormalities.’
    • ‘Regardless of the implement used, the prosector will perform the best microdissection while looking through the eyepieces of the microscope.’
    • ‘Fibrous bands were apparent on cut section, and the prosector's finger could not be passed through the tissue.’
    • ‘After someone is arrested, they're not allowed any access with the outside world in terms of relatives, and in most cases lawyers, while the police investigate with the prosectors and prepare the case.’


Mid 19th century: from late Latin, literally ‘anatomist’, based on Latin secare ‘to cut’, perhaps via French prosecteur.