1. <anatomy> To divide into separate parts; to cut in pieces; to separate and expose the parts of, as an animal or a plant, for examination and to show their structure and relations; to anatomize.

2. To analyze, for the purposes of science or criticism; to divide and examine minutely. "This paragraph . . . I have dissected for a sample." (Atterbury)

Origin: L. Dissectus, p. P. Of dissecare; dis- + secare to cut. See Section.

(01 Mar 1998)