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 (vĭv′ĭ-sĕk′shən, vĭv′ĭ-sĕk′-)
The act or practice of cutting into or otherwise injuring living animals for the purpose of scientific research.

[Latin vīvus, alive; see vivify + (dis)section.]

viv′i·sec′tion·al adj.
viv′i·sec′tion·al·ly adv.
viv′i·sec′tion·ist n.


1. (Zoology) a person who practises vivisection
2. a person who advocates the practice of vivisection as being useful or necessary to science


(ˌvɪv əˈsɛk ʃə nɪst)

a person who practices or favors vivisection.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vivisectionist - a biologist who cuts open live animals for research
biologist, life scientist - (biology) a scientist who studies living organisms


[ˌvɪvɪˈsekʃənɪst] Nvivisector(a) m/f
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Or else he probes them with the cruel hand of a vivisectionist, groping about in their mental processes and examining their souls as though to see of what soul-stuff is made.
form," (2) a supreme analyst and vivisectionist whose psychological
Magendie, who began his formal medical training in 1801 at the Ecole de Medecine in Paris, and would go on to become full professor at the College de France, as well as a distinguished member of the Academie des Sciences, was the first to gain a reputation in Britain as a ruthless vivisectionist.
Taking a similar approach to vivisection, the author shows how a nonanthropocentric approach can lead in new critical directions, for example, to an examination of Victor's latent nonhuman nature and to a correlation between the nineteenth-century positivist creator and the vivisectionist experimenter.
Moreau, Woolf's psychiatrist plays a kind of cultural vivisectionist, who extends his medical expertise to a doctrine of social governance rooted in evolutionary ideas of harmony and balance, or, as he explains, "proportion": "Worshipping proportion, Sir William not only prospered himself but made England prosper, secluded her lunatics, forbade childbirth, penalised despair, made it impossible for the unfit to propagate their views until they, too, shared his sense of proportion" (97).
The Woman in Black isn't especially scary, but it keeps you on edge, and without the usual vivisectionist imagery.
The elderly vivisectionist told Sugita he had performed several dissections since his youth.
With this in mind, the accusation that God himself is a vivisectionist represents a profoundly deep sense of anger.
Disturbing as this portrait of the vivisectionist is, it is nothing compared to what emerges when Bernard becomes Steele's physician.
Shampoo Bunnies, in which a cast of rabbits take a squirt of soap suds to the retina before rescuing a kindly vivisectionist.
He pointed out how the concept of brain death was inspired by a concept of humanity that was strictly within the framework of 17th-century Cartesianism and warned of the dangers of its vivisectionist consequences: "Who can claim to know whether at the moment the scalpel is beginning to do its work a non-cerebral, diffuse sensitivity that is still capable of suffering .
You might think that such a cool-headed vivisectionist of other people's political and racial fantasies would have guessed that his surrogate father figure wouldn't let him get away with misleading the public about the ideological comradeship that led Obama to Wright in the 1980s.