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dissection (noun) cutting up (for analysis/close examination).
The cutting up of a dead body of a person, an animal, an insect, etc., into parts for scientific study, is dissection. Cutting up something into small parts for a close study of each part is to dissect it. To divide something into smaller parts is to dissect it. The dissection of the area into too small parts by the lagoons makes them unsuitable for human living.
- Dissections are quite common in zoology labs, but there are conscientious objectors who are against cutting up organisms, dead or alive. Such students are exempted from dissections.
- The report has been subject to dissection, each paragraph studied in detail, before it was accepted.