AskDefine | Define vivisection

Dictionary Definition

vivisection n : the act of operating on living animals (especially in scientific research)

User Contributed Dictionary



vivus alive + English section: compare French vivisection. See vivid, and section


  • a UK /ˈvɪvɪsɛkʃən/ /"vIvIsEkS@n/


  1. The action of cutting, surgery or other invasive treatment of a living organism for the purposes of physiological or pathological scientific investigation.


The action of invasive treatment of a living organism for scientific investigation


Extensive Definition

Vivisection is any experimental cutting of, or surgery on, a living organism. More broadly, the term is often used today to describe any experiment upon living animals. In this context the term is preferred by those opposed to research using animals, whereas scientists typically use "animal experimentation."


vivisection in Arabic: تشريح الأحياء
vivisection in German: Vivisektion
vivisection in Bavarian: Vivisektion
vivisection in Czech: Vivisekce
vivisection in Danish: Vivisektion
vivisection in Spanish: Vivisección
vivisection in French: Vivisection
vivisection in Icelandic: Kvikskurður
vivisection in Polish: Wiwisekcja
vivisection in Russian: Вивисекция
vivisection in Swedish: Vivisektion
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