What does the word vivisection mean?

Usage examples for vivisection

  1. The weekly papers especially would lose half their readers did they not go in for vivisection! – Home Again by George MacDonald
  2. They do not know what their own opinions are, until the victim of vivisection tells them. – Eugenics and Other Evils by 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 by Arthur Symons