What does the word dissection mean?

Usage examples for dissection

  1. In the majority of executions the body was taken down when life was considered to be extinct, and carried away to Surgeon's Hall for dissection. – Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences by Arthur L. Hayward
  2. I have never been in this part before, but in that enclosure beyond, which opens at the end of Henrietta Street, there used to be and may be still, for all I know, a school of anatomy, at which I attended in my first year; in fact, I did my first dissection there. – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
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