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Meaning of vivisection

viv•i•sec•tion

Pronunciation: (viv"u-sek'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the action of cutting into or dissecting a living body.
  2. the practice of subjecting living animals to cutting operations, esp. in order to advance physiological and pathological knowledge.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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