Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who dissects cadavers for anatomical instruction or pathological examination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who prepares a body for dissection by students, or dissects them as demonstrations

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who makes dissections for anatomical illustration; usually, the assistant of a professional anatomist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who prosects; one who dissects the parts of a cadaver for the illustration of anatomical lectures; a dissector who assists a lecturer by preparing the anatomical parts to be described by the latter. The office of prosector in a medical college ranks nearly with that of demonstrator.

Etymologies

Latin prōsector, anatomist, from prōsecāre, to cut off, up : prō-, before; see pro-1 + secāre, to cut; see sector.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin, an anatomist, from prosecare to cut up; pro before + secare to cut. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • LONDON— Royal Dutch Shell PLC may be prosecuted for the U.K.'s worst oil spill in a decade, after Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said an investigation into a leak from Shell's Gannet Alpha platform last month will be sent to Scotland's public prosector.

    Shell May Face Prosecution for Spill

  • He was a lead prosector in a massive 1988 investigation into fraud in the Pentagon procurement process.

    Conservative judge considers Va. attorney general's suit against health-care reform

  • The country's biggest carrier, OAO Aeroflot , a member of the international SkyTeam alliance, wasn't cited for violations in a statement posted on the prosector general's website, but transport-focused prosecutors are working at the airline's hub at Sheremetyevo, it said.

    Russia Investigates Airline Delays

  • In the words of Jim Benjamin, the experienced former federal prosector, and co-author of the Human Rights First 'In Pursuit of Justice' Reports:

    Nathan Havey: What the GITMO Debate Should Look Like

  • I would just like to point out to ronjo that Libby was prosecuted under a Republican administration by a prosector who is subject to the same political pressures that the fired USAs were; ie from a Republican administration, not a Democratic administration.

    Is That Legal?: Monica Goodling Has A Valid Basis For Asserting The Fifth Amendment Privilege

  • If evidence discovered during the hearing suggests that it is probable that a crime has been committed, in the case of a preliminary hearing or grand jury proceeding, the case is referred to a District Attorney or federal prosector who then decides whether or not to prosecute.

    Congress Must Issue Orders to Confiscate RNC Hard Drives Immediately

  • Are you saying that these 12 eminent professors are calling for Liddy's conviction to be overturned because the prosector improperly granted him access to exculpatory evidence and the judge improperly admitted such evidence?

    Balkinization

  • KURTZ: They can't really be popping any champagne corks until we find out whether this special prosector in the case delivers any indictments.

    CNN Transcript Oct 1, 2005

  • Malawi's top prosector said Saturday he had found no evidence of corruption against Finance Minister Friday Jumbe, accused of selling vital grain reserves in an act which contributed to famine here.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Technically speaking, Dr. Corben is the prosector.

    The Killing Hour

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