One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Perform vivisection on (an animal) (used only by people who are opposed to the practice).
anatomize, cut up, cut open, lay open, dismemberView synonyms
- ‘Have we the right to make experiments on animals and vivisect them?’
- ‘It may be ethically objectionable to vivisect animals, or pursue profits at the expense of nature and community, but it is usually legal.’
- ‘A further note on Victor's improbable career: when he is not creating life in the lab, or necromancing with mummy DNA, he apparently vivisects chimpanzees.’
- ‘We teach them how to take living things and vivisect them.’
- ‘I've heard from another source about the vivisected dog story.’
Mid 19th century: back-formation from vivisection.
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