• WordNet 3.6
    • n vivisection the act of operating on living animals (especially in scientific research)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vivisection The dissection of an animal while alive, for the purpose of making physiological investigations.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vivisection Dissection of a living body; the practice of anatomizing alive, or of experimenting upon living animals, for the purpose of investigating some physiological function or pathological process which cannot well be otherwise determined Vivisection strictly includes only cutting operations; but the term is extended to any physiological experimentation upon living animals, as compression of parts by ligatures, subjection of the creature to special conditions of atmospheric pressure, temperature, and food, exhibition of poisons or other drugs, inoculation of disease, etc. Vivisection in competent and humane hands, under proper and reasonable restrictions, is fruitful of good results to the sciences of physiology and pathology.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vivisection viv-i-sek′shun the practice of making operations or painful experiments on living animals, for the purposes of physiological research or demonstration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vivus, alive + E. section,: cf. F. vivisection,. See Vivid, and Section
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vivus, alive, sectiosecāre, to cut.


In literature:

He could not have fallen on a subject more willing to submit to vivisection.
"The Waif of the "Cynthia"" by André Laurie and Jules Verne
His practical studies in anatomy were carried on by the aid of vivisection.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
This was said to be for vivisection.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Do you want me to vivisect my soul?
"Hilda" by Sarah Jeanette Duncan
Is the practice of vivisection for scientific purposes justifiable?
"Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Debate Index" by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
But vivisection practised for scientific purposes is not cruel.
"Moral Principles and Medical Practice" by Charles Coppens
He is not allowed to try his germs and specifics upon them; he is not allowed to vivisect them.
"Damn!" by Henry Louis Mencken
Farrell accused me of practising vivisection.
"Foe-Farrell" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
First, Belgium suffered a vivisection, a veritable martyrdom.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
I myself am by no means any friend of vivisection.
"The Hidden Power" by Thomas Troward

In poetry:

And oft as it may be rejected,
The little victim, mad with thirst,
Is jerked back, well-nigh vivisected,
Till pain and hunger do their worst.
"Bird Slaughter" by John Lawson Stoddard
No more our foolish passions and affections
The tragic Muse with mimic grief shall try,
But, nobler far, a course of vivisections
Teach what it costs a tortured brute to die.
"The Coming Era" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"'John, go and catch--or, if needs be,
Purchase that animal for me!
By vivisection, at expense
Of half-an-hour and eighteen pence,
How brain secretes dog's soul, we'll see!'"
"Tray" by Robert Browning
I have known the mind bound like a dog, laid bare
To any stranger in cruel vivisection,
I have seen a man's eyes break in marvelous
Dread of his own dark act and its detection:
"For 1939" by Paul Engle
"One half cried, 'See! the choice is S. J. T.!'
And one half swore as stoutly it was t' other;
Both drew the knife to save the Nation's life
By wholesale vivisection of each other.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Apple's brief experiment in employing one of the most brilliant hackers to ever vivisect its machines seems to be over.
Judge gives doctor a legal vivisection.
To vivisect it for redistribution is to kill it.