• Rabelais Dissecting Society--portrait2
    Rabelais Dissecting Society--portrait2
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dissection cutting so as to separate into pieces
    • n dissection detailed critical analysis or examination one part at a time (as of a literary work)
    • n dissection a minute and critical analysis
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dissection of the Garden Toad Dissection of the Garden Toad
Dissection of a starfish Dissection of a starfish
Dissection of the earthworm Dissection of the earthworm
Dissection of great water-scavenger beetle Dissection of great water-scavenger beetle
Dissection of the silkworm Dissection of the silkworm
Dissection of fresh-water mussel Dissection of fresh-water mussel
Dissection of the sunfish Dissection of the sunfish
Dissection of the garter snake Dissection of the garter snake

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Grey's Anatomy (the medical book most every doctor, nurse, biologist, etc. is trained on in most every university) was compiled using detailed pictures of dead Jews that Hitler and the 3rd Reich experimented on, most of which where dissected while still alive. Although the medical community knows this fact, they continue using the book due to its detail and real-life pictures.
    • Dissection Anything dissected; especially, some part, or the whole, of an animal or plant dissected so as to exhibit the structure; an anatomical so prepared.
    • Dissection Fig.: The act of separating or dividing for the purpose of critical examination.
    • Dissection The act of dissecting an animal or plant; as, dissection of the human body was held sacrilege till the time of Francis I.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dissection The operation of cutting open or separating into parts. Specifically
    • n dissection The process of cutting into parts an animal or a plant, or a part of one, in such a way as to show its structure or to separate one or more of its organs or tissues for examination: as, the dissection of a dog; the dissection of a hand or a flower.
    • n dissection The act of separating anything into distinct or elementary parts for the purpose of critical examination; treatment or consideration of something in detail or point by point.
    • n dissection A segment; a division; a part.
    • n dissection In botany, the condition of being dissected. See dissected.
    • n dissection In geology, the erosion of a land-surface into numerous irregular valleys. See dissect, 4.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dissection the act or the art of cutting in pieces a plant or animal in order to ascertain the structure of its parts: anatomy
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  • Benjamin Lee Whorf
    Benjamin Lee Whorf
    “We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language. Language is not simply a reporting device for experience but a defining framework for it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. dissection,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dissecāre, dissectumdis, asunder, secāre, to cut.


In literature:

It represents, in fact, a dissected Flustra or Membranipora.
"Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1." by John MacGillivray
The barber-surgeons had a by-law, by which they levied ten pounds on any person who should dissect a body out of their hall without leave.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 335" by Various
Rise to the height of your destiny, and follow us to the dissecting room!
"The Meaning of Good--A Dialogue" by G. Lowes Dickinson
As before said, our intention, on this occasion, is not to dissect principles or theories, but to present facts.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXII." by Various
Hill was executed on the 16th, and his body dissected according to his sentence.
"An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 1" by David Collins
That of the woman was delivered to the surgeons for dissection.
"An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 2" by David Collins
He dissected the doctor's rather inconsequent argument with a good deal of acuteness and wit.
"Cock Lane and Common-Sense" by Andrew Lang
And the ladies have dissected me with their side-glances and their satirical remarks.
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
We got clear weather near the summit, and stopped a few minutes to dissect the elements of this scene.
"A Residence in France" by J. Fenimore Cooper
He dissected each like a man of science: party was to him a tool and not a religion.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 3" by Various

In poetry:

If you dissect a bird
To diagram the tongue
You'll cut the chord
Articulating song.
"Admonition" by Sylvia Plath
They hung her from the ceiling
Yes, they hung up Miss Gee;
And a couple of Oxford Groupers
Carefully dissected her knee.
"Miss Gee" by W H Auden
Sweet is the lore which Nature brings;
Our meddling intellect
Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things:—
We murder to dissect.
"The Tables Turned" by William Wordsworth
But now they're taught by JOSEPH HU-
ME, by far the cleverest Scot in town,
Their items and their tottles too
Each may dissect his sister Sue,
From his instructions at the U-
—niversity we've Got in town.
"Stinkomalee Triumphans" by Richard Harris Barham
Let us off and search, and find a place
Where yours and mine can be natural lives,
Where no one comes who dissects and dives
And proclaims that ours is a curious case,
That its touch of romance can scarcely grace.
"The Recalcitrants" by Thomas Hardy
He traced that gallant sorter to a still suburban square;
He watched his opportunity, and seized him unaware;
He took a life-preserver and he hit him on the head,
And MRS. BROWN dissected him before she went to bed.
"Gentle Alice Brown" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

On the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council , Scranton-area parishes kicked off a lecture series that will dissect all 16 Vatican council documents.
The robot lies dissected on the black slab of a lab table, its silicone rubber exterior spread and flattened like a trophy snakeskin.
Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo dissect a girls soccer player who repeatedly chucks a ball at her opponents' head.
Dudelicious Dissection, From Sontag to Spicoli.
I am not even going to delve into discussing the fact that Evan Rachel Wood is once again dating Marilyn Manson because A) who am I to judge and B) I don't have enough time to properly dissect the subject.
Gangnam Style, Dissected: The Subversive Message Within South Korea's Music Video Sensation.
Former snow cone craftsman dissects app, reveals industry secrets.
After all, the James Madison coach had just watched Smith, West Virginia's senior quarterback, dissect his James Madison football team for 411 passing yards and five touchdowns.
Jim Calhoun never had the time to dissect the moments when he was involved in them.
Vaclav Havel , the Czech writer and dissident whose eloquent dissections of Communist rule helped to destroy it in revolutions that brought down the Berlin Wall and swept Mr Havel himself into power, died on Sunday.
We encountered a rare variation of an IJV that we found incidentally during a neck dissection.
Josh didn't write the blog post to solicit pity or be vengeful or even out "Ted," whose real name he never revealed, but rather to dissect the lessons he learned in hopes that they might be helpful to other young entrepreneurs .
White Rose Community Television among the budgets dissected by city council.
' Modernist Cuisine' dissects the art, science of the new cooking.
ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton projects win totals for each NFL team, dissecting every schedule and potential pitfalls along the way.

In science:

We compute here the expression of D(k) (x) for general, simple, and irreducible k -symmetric quadrangular 2k -dissections and triangular k -dissections.
On symmetric quadrangulations and triangulations
Quadrangular and triangular dissections are treated respectively in this section and in the next one (Section 5).
On symmetric quadrangulations and triangulations
Lemma 1.2 implies that a k -symmetric quadrangular dissection has no cycle of length less than 2k that strictly encloses the central vertex (indeed the k -quotient has only faces of even degree, hence is bipartite, hence has no loop).
On symmetric quadrangulations and triangulations
The faces are the connected components of the complement of the dissection in the polygon.
Random stable laminations of the disk
In the general case, where faces of degree greater than three are allowed, there is no known explicit formula for the number of dissections of Pn , although an asymptotic estimate is known (see [17, 10]).
Random stable laminations of the disk