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Topic: EDUCATION

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: dissectus, from secare 'to cut'

dissect

verb
     
dis‧sect [transitive]
1MSE to cut up the body of a dead animal or person in order to study it
2 to examine something carefully in order to understand it:
books in which the lives of famous people are dissected
3 to divide an area of land into several smaller pieces:
fields dissected by small streams
dissection noun [uncountable and countable]
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