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Definition of dissect verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//daɪˈsɛkt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dissect
    he / she / it dissects
    past simple dissected
    -ing form dissecting
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  1. 1dissect something to cut up a dead person, an animal, or a plant in order to study it The biology students had to dissect a rat. dissecting instruments
  2. 2dissect something to study something closely and/or discuss it in great detail Her latest novel was dissected by the critics.
  3. 3dissect something to divide something into smaller pieces, areas, etc. The city is dissected by a network of old canals.
, NAmE//daɪˈsɛkʃn//
noun [uncountable, countable] anatomical dissection Your enjoyment of a novel can suffer from too much analysis and dissection.
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