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’
    • ‘It may be ethically objectionable to vivisect animals, or pursue profits at the expense of nature and community, but it is usually legal.’
    • ‘We teach them how to take living things and vivisect them.’
    • ‘I've heard from another source about the vivisected dog story.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.