• Rabelais Dissecting Society--portrait2
    Rabelais Dissecting Society--portrait2
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dissecting Dividing or separating the parts of an animal or vegetable body; as, a dissecting aneurism, one which makes its way between or within the coats of an artery.
    • Dissecting Of or pertaining to, or received during, a dissection; as, a dissecting wound.
    • Dissecting Used for or in dissecting; as, a dissecting knife; a dissecting microscope.
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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


  • 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.”


In literature:

With a genuine 'subject' from the dissecting-room, or one of your late patients, it might be different.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. II: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians" by Ambrose Bierce
In 1540 began the practice of giving bodies of hanged felons to surgeons to dissect.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
A young man begins to study medicine, and he finds that his physical repulsion for work in the dissecting-room can not be overcome.
"A Librarian's Open Shelf" by Arthur E. Bostwick
With what savage sarcasm and scorn does he dissect the soul of the "man in black"!
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 5" by Various
And after his death the dissection was zealously continued.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
I had seen the dissecting-room, and was cured of my love for the science.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXLV. July, 1844. Vol. LVI." by Various
Pass me the small dissecting forceps, Jervis.
"John Thorndyke's Cases" by R. Austin Freeman
Death may dissect them and tear away the objects around which they entwine; and they will still live in the imperishable love which survives.
"The Christian Home" by Samuel Philips
Modern novels are dissections; hers are dreams.
"Reviews" by Oscar Wilde
Over-dissection makes them cold.
"The Poetry Of Robert Browning" by Stopford A. Brooke

In poetry:

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
The congregation dissected into pews
Gulping their strip teas in the luminous cavern
Agape's sacamental berry stews;
The nickel-plated light and clatter of heaven
"Morning Coffee " by A D Hope
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:

Eugene Jarecki's new film dissects America's failed and cruel drug war.
This week's breakdown is posted and two of the team's touchdowns against the Texans are dissected.
As partisans dissect the actor's Super Bowl commercial, which seems to tout auto-industry bailouts, the actor tells Fox News Channel that he donated his salary to charity.
The Zoning Code Commission - created by the will of the voters - spent four years debating, dissecting, and ultimately rewriting the city's rule book for building.
Dissecting the uproar over Yu Chang's sculpture on display in Overland Park.
Dissecting Photographic Specimens With Michael Mapes.
She died of complications from aortic dissection, her son, David, said.
People who dissect college football stats might be interested to know things like how Oklahoma State leads the nation in yards per rush and how only five teams in the country surrender more yards per rush than Kansas.
Maybe you've secretly taken the advice of that body-language expert who's always on Bill O'Reilly's show to dissect the hand motions and neck placements of various politicians.
Every week before the Patriots play a game, Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss dissect the action as part of "Bruschi's Breakdown ".
Every week before the Patriots play a game, Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss dissect the action as part of "Bruschi's Breakdown".
Karl Ricanek Jr, " Dissecting the Human Identity," Computer, vol 44, no.
Dissecting the Midterm Exit Polls.
"I am fairly certain that I have a growing ulcer that if dissected would bleed the logos of all the local beer distributors ".
Artists Who Dissect 'Starsky & Hutch '.

In science:

Davis, Hypergraph-based unsymmetric nested dissection ordering for sparse LU factorization, SIAM J.
A Geometric Approach to Matrix Ordering
For every n ≥ 2 such that Zn > 0, let ln be a random dissection distributing according to Pµ n .
Random stable laminations of the disk
Random dissections and Galton-Watson trees In this subsection, we explain how to associate a dual ob ject to a dissection.
Random stable laminations of the disk
The study of large random dissections will then boil down to the study of large Galton-Watson trees, which is a more familiar realm.
Random stable laminations of the disk
Figure 2: The dual tree of a dissection, rooted at the bold vertex.
Random stable laminations of the disk