Part of speech: noun

The dissection of a living animal.

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Usage examples "vivisection":

  1. The weekly papers especially would lose half their readers did they not go in for vivisection! - "Home Again", George MacDonald.
  2. They do not know what their own opinions are, until the victim of vivisection tells them. - "Eugenics and Other Evils", G. K. Chesterton.
  3. Modern Love, published in 1862, remains Meredith's masterpiece in poetry, and it will always remain, beside certain things of Donne and of Browning, an astonishing feat in the vivisection of the heart in verse. - "Figures of Several Centuries", Arthur Symons.