Etymology
Advertisement

dissect (v.)

c. 1600, "cut in pieces," from Latin dissectus, past participle of dissecare"cut in pieces," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + secare "to cut" (from PIE root *sek- "to cut"). Or perhaps a back-formation from dissection. Specifically as "separate the distinct parts of an animal or plant for the purpose of studying its organization and functions or its morbid affections" from 1610s. Transferred sense of "examine part by part or point by point" is from 1630s. Related: Dissected; dissecting.

updated on September 01, 2018

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of dissect from WordNet

dissect (v.)
cut open or cut apart;
dissect the bodies for analysis
dissect (v.)
make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features;
Synonyms: analyze / analyse / break down / take apart
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.