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dissect

dis·sect

dissect

 
 
pronunciation:
daI sekt
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: dissected, dissecting, dissects
definition 1: to cut open or apart (a plant or animal) in order to examine or perform surgery on it.
synonyms:
anatomize
similar words:
analyze, dismember, vivisect
definition 2: to examine minutely; analyze.
We dissected his argument to find its weak points.
synonyms:
analyze, anatomize, scrutinize
similar words:
examine, inspect, pick over, study
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derivations: dissectible (adj.), dissector (n.)
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