sec-, seg-, -sect, -section, -sectional

(Latin: to cut)

acusection (s) (noun), acusections (pl)
The process of cutting by means of an electrosurgical needle; electrosurgery: Because Jane broke her arm, Dr. Tenneson had to do an acusection and make sure that the bones were set correctly
acusector (s) (noun), acusectors (pl)
An electric needle used like a scapel: The acusector Dr. S. used was for incising or cutting into tissue in order to have a sample for testing.
antivivisection (s) (noun), antivivisections (pl)
A movement to stop the use of living animals for experimentation: There are some laws consisting of antivivisections which are meant to protect creatures from brutal and merciless treatment in medical and scientific research and in the handling of and the slaughter of animals for human consumption.
antivivisectionism (s) (noun), antivivisectionsms (pl)
An opposition to the use of living animals for biological research.
antivivisectionist (s) (noun), antivivisectionists (pl)
Someone who opposes any form of live animal experimentation.

To bisect is to cut into two parts.

Brevis esse laboro, obscurus fio; sectantem levia. Nervi deficiunt animique. (Latin proverb)
Translation: "When I try to be brief, I become obscure. Aiming at smoothness, I fail in force and fire."

From Ars Poetica, by Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace) who was instructing writers that it may be difficult to achieve brevity without sacrificing clarity.

Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short."

—Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) U.S. naturalist and author
Caesarean [Cesarean] section.
Incision through the abdominal and uterine walls for delivery of a fetus.

Also known as "an abdominal delivery". There are claims that Gaius Julius Caesar was delivered by such an operation, but evidence disputes such a claim. Fact: the first known successful Caesarean section was recorded in Pavia, Italy, April, 1876, from a Julie Covallini. Fact: although the operation was occasionally used in ancient times, the Caesarean section usually resulted in death for both the child and the mother. There were some occasions when the child survived, but the mother inevitably perished.

Caesar's mother, Aurelia, lived to be at least seventy years old and was apparently in good health up until the time of her death. This would suggest that she never had such a deadly operation.

An instrument used to remove a section of skin for microscopic examination.

Related cutting-word units: cast-; castrat-; -cise, -cide; -ectomy; mutil-; put-; temno-; -tomy; trunc-.