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English definition of “dissect”


verb [T]     /daɪˈsekt/ /dɪ-/
to cut open something, especially a dead body or a plant, and study its structure: In biology classes at school we used to dissect rats.Scientific techniquesCutting and stabbing to examine or consider something in detail: He's the sort of person who watches a film and then dissects it for hours.Analysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value
(Definition of dissect verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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