Definition of vivisect in English:


Pronunciation /ˈvɪvɪsɛkt//ˌvɪvɪˈsɛkt/


  • (used only by opponents of the practice) perform vivisection on (an animal)

    ‘people are vivisecting animals and experimenting with germ warfare’
    figurative ‘science has been directed to the task of reducing, dividing, and vivisecting nature to manageable proportions’
    • ‘I've heard from another source about the vivisected dog story.’
    • ‘We teach them how to take living things and vivisect them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It may be ethically objectionable to vivisect animals, or pursue profits at the expense of nature and community, but it is usually legal.’
    • ‘Have we the right to make experiments on animals and vivisect them?’
    anatomize, cut up, cut open, lay open, dismember
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Mid 19th century: back-formation from vivisection.