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 for dissect
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dissect \Dis*sect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dissected; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Dissecting.] [L. dissectus, p. p. of dissecare; dis-
     + secare to cut. See Section.]
     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.
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     2. To analyze, for the purposes of science or criticism; to
        divide and examine minutely.
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              This paragraph . . . I have dissected for a sample.
                                                    --Atterbury.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dissect
      v 1: cut open or cut apart; "dissect the bodies for analysis"
      2: make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of;
         break down into components or essential features; "analyze a
         specimen"; "analyze a sentence"; "analyze a chemical
         compound" [syn: analyze, analyse, break down,
         dissect, take apart] [ant: synthesise, synthesize]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  28 Moby Thesaurus words for "dissect":
     analyze, anatomize, assay, break down, break up, carve, cleave,
     cut, decompose, dichotomize, disjoin, disjoint, dissever, divide,
     part, penetrate, pierce, probe, reduce, reduce to elements,
     resolve, segment, separate, sever, slice, split, subdivide,
     sunder
  
  

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