What does vivisection mean?

Definitions for vivisectionˌvɪv əˈsɛk ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vivisection(noun)

    the act of operating on living animals (especially in scientific research)


  1. vivisection(Noun)

    The action of cutting, surgery or other invasive treatment of a living organism for the purposes of physiological or pathological scientific investigation.

  2. Origin: vivus alive + English section: compare French vivisection. See vivid, and section

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vivisection(noun)

    the dissection of an animal while alive, for the purpose of making physiological investigations

  2. Origin: [L. vivus alive + E. section: cf. F. vivisection. See Vivid, and Section.]


  1. Vivisection

    Vivisection is defined as surgery conducted for experimental purposes on a living organism, typically animals with a central nervous system, to view living internal structure. The term is sometimes more broadly defined as any experimentation on live animals The term is often used by organizations opposed to animal experimentation but is rarely used by practicing scientists. Human vivisection has been perpetrated as a form of torture.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vivisection

    viv-i-sek′shun, n. the practice of making operations or painful experiments on living animals, for the purposes of physiological research or demonstration.—v.t. Vivisect′, to practise vivisection on.—adj. Vivisec′tional.—ns. Vivisec′tionist, one who practises or defends vivisection; Vivisec′tor, one who practises vivisection; Vivisectō′rium, a place for vivisection. [L. vivus, alive, sectiosecāre, to cut.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. vivisection

    Blood-lust, screened behind the sacred name of Science.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Vivisection

    The cutting of or surgical operation on a living animal, usually for physiological or pathological investigation. (from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dict, 10th ed)


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vivisection in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vivisection in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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