1. The act of dissecting an animal or plant; as, dissection of the human body was held sacrilege till the time of Francis I.

2. The act of separating or dividing for the purpose of critical examination.

3. Anything dissected; especially, some part, or the whole, of an animal or plant dissected so as to exhibit the structure; an anatomical so prepared. Dissection wound, a poisoned wound incurred during the dissection of a dead body.

Origin: Cf. F. Dissection.

(01 Mar 1998)