Definitions

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

  • n. The act or practice of cutting into or otherwise injuring living animals, especially for the purpose of scientific research.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The dissection of an animal while alive, for the purpose of making physiological investigations.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Dissection of a living body; the practice of anatomizing alive, or of experimenting upon living animals, for the purpose of investigating some physiological function or pathological process which cannot well be otherwise determined

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of operating on living animals (especially in scientific research)

Etymologies

Latin vīvus, alive; see vivify + (dis)section.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin vivus alive + English section: compare French vivisection. See vivid, and section (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Gentle Jane was as good as gold,
    She always did as she was told;
    She never spoke when her mouth was full,
    Or caught bluebottles their legs to pull,
    Or spilt plum jam on her nice new frock,
    Or put white mice in the eight-day clock,
    Or vivisected her last new doll,
    Or fostered a passion for alcohol.
    And when she grew up she was given in marriage
    To a first-class earl who keeps his carriage!

    -- W.S. Gilbert, Patience

    August 21, 2008

  • frogapplause, please look away NOW.

    August 20, 2008

  • I participated in the vivisection of a frog last year. We bathed it in cocaine first, so it died happy. I subsequently removed its heart, which continued beating for an hour afterwards.

    Awesome!!

    August 20, 2008

  • OK, I just love the "vi" sound. It gets me every time.

    December 8, 2006