- 1 dissect 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
- 2dissect something to study something closely and/or discuss it in great detail Her latest novel was dissected by the critics.
- 3dissect something to divide something into smaller pieces, areas, etc. The city is dissected by a network of old canals.
NAmE//dɪˈsɛkt//, 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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NAmE//dɪˈsɛkʃn//, NAmE//daɪˈsɛkʃn//noun [uncountable, countable] anatomical dissection Your enjoyment of a novel can suffer from too much analysis and dissection.