1. Dividing or separating the parts of an animal or vegetable body; as, a dissecting aneurism, one which makes its way between or within the coats of an artery.
2. Of or pertaining to, or received during, a dissection; as, a dissecting wound.
3. Used for or in dissecting; as, a dissecting knife; a dissecting microscope.
Dis·sect v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dissected; p. pr. & vb. n. Dissecting.]
1. Anat. To divide into separate parts; to cut in pieces; to separate and expose the parts of, as an animal or a plant, for examination and to show their structure and relations; to anatomize.
2. To analyze, for the purposes of science or criticism; to divide and examine minutely.
This paragraph . . . I have dissected for a sample. --Atterbury.