noun Etymology: Latin vivus + English section Date: 1707 1. the cutting of or operation on a living animal usually for physiological or pathological investigation; broadly animal experimentation especially if considered to cause distress to the subject 2. minute or pitiless examination or criticism • vivisectional adjectivevivisectionist noun

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  • vivisection — [ vivisɛksjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1765; de vivi et section, d apr. dissection ♦ Opération pratiquée à titre d expérience sur des animaux vivants. ⇒ dissection. Pasteur « éprouvait une véritable répugnance pour la vivisection » (Mondor). Adversaires… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Vivisection — is surgery conducted upon a living organism, typically animals with a central nervous system. A broader interpretation includes non behavioural experimental research involving living animals. [ [ 9382118?query …   Wikipedia

  • Vivisection — Viv i*sec tion, n. [L. vivus alive + E. section: cf. F. vivisection. See {Vivid}, and {Section}.] The dissection of an animal while alive, for the purpose of making physiological investigations. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vivisection — • Defined literally the word vivisection signifies the dissection of living creatures Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Vivisection — (v. lat.), Eröffnung eines lebenden Körpers zum Behuf anatomisch physiologischer Untersuchungen, wurde schon von Erasistratos u. Herophilos (s.d.), von Letzterem an zum Tode verdammten Verbrechern vorgenommen; dies, bereits von Celsus lebhaft… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Vivisection — lat. deutsch, die Section lebendiger Thiere (zu wissenschaftlichen Zwecken) …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • vivisection — dissection of a living animal, 1707, from L. vivus alive (see VIVID (Cf. vivid)) + ending from DISSECTION (Cf. dissection)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • vivisection — ► NOUN ▪ the practice of performing operations on live animals for scientific research (used by those opposed to such work). DERIVATIVES vivisectionist noun & adjective vivisector noun. ORIGIN from Latin vivus living , on the pattern of… …   English terms dictionary

  • vivisection — [viv΄ə sek′shən] n. [< L vivus, alive (see BIO ) + SECTION] medical research consisting of surgical operations or other experiments performed on living animals to study the structure and function of living organs and parts, and to investigate… …   English World dictionary

  • Vivisection — La vivisection est une dissection opérée sur un animal vertébré[1] vivant, à titre d expérience scientifique, en particulier dans le but d établir ou de démontrer certains faits en physiologie ou en pathologie. D une manière générale, elle… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • vivisection — [[t]vɪ̱vɪse̱kʃ(ə)n[/t]] N UNCOUNT Vivisection is the practice of using live animals for scientific experiments. ...a fierce opponent of vivisection …   English dictionary

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