dissection of a living subject

Vivisection (from Latin vivus ("alive") + sectio ("cutting")) is a doing a surgery as an experiment on a living organism, usually animals. It is sometimes used to mean animal testing itself (see animal testing).[1][2][3] The word is often used by people or organizations who dislike animal experimentation[4]

Before vivisection, chloroform was given to this sand frog so that it would not feel pain.
Activist against vivisection
Animal lab


  1. "Vivisection", Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2009: "Vivisection: operation on a living animal for experimental rather than healing purposes; more broadly, all experimentation on live animals."
  2. Tansey, E.M. Review of Vivisection in Historical Perspective by Nicholaas A. Rupke, book reviews, National Center for Biotechnology Information, p. 226.
  3. Croce, Pietro. Vivisection or Science? An Investigation into Testing Drugs and Safeguarding Health. Zed Books, 1999, and "About Us", British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection.
  4. Yarri, Donna. The Ethics of Animal Experimentation: A Critical Analysis and Constructive Christian Proposal, Oxford University Press, 2005, p. 163.

More readingEdit

  • Yarri, Donna. The Ethics of Animal Experimentation, Oxford University Press U.S., 2005