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1[mass noun] The practice of performing operations on live animals for the purpose of experimentation or scientific research (used only by opponents of such work):‘the abolition of vivisection’
cutting up, cutting open, dismembermentView synonyms
- ‘At the time i was doing a project at school on vivisection and animal cruelty.’
- ‘One commenter has even suggested Aaron's lack of posting on animal vivisection in the past somehow means he is being hypocritical now.’
- ‘The collection on ‘Protecting’ includes vivid protests against vivisection and cruelty to animals.’
- ‘Still other revisions seek to update Animal Farm by cleverly linking it to topics such as animal rights and vivisection.’
- ‘I see the point about animal vivisection from both sides of the argument.’
- 1.1 Ruthlessly sharp and detailed criticism or analysis:‘the vivisection of America's seamy underbelly’
- ‘Although Hirschberg is famous for turning celebrity profiles into celebrity vivisections, her portrait of Seinfeld was basically a Valentine.’
Early 18th century: from Latin vivus living, on the pattern of dissection.
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