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dehisce

[dih-his]
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verb (used without object), de·hisced, de·hisc·ing.
  1. to burst open, as capsules of plants; gape.
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Origin of dehisce

1650–60; < Latin dēhiscere to gape, part, equivalent to dē- de- + hiscere to gape, yawn (hi(āre) to yawn + -scere inchoative suffix)
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Historical Examples

  • Tendrils semi-continuous to semi-intermittent, bifid, dehisce early.

    The Grapes of New York

    U. P. Hedrick

  • The name capsule is applied generally to all dry syncarpous fruits, which dehisce by valves.

  • When mature they dehisce by a small opening, and when broken open will disclose the olive or greenish-yellow capillitium.


British Dictionary definitions for dehisce

dehisce

verb
  1. (intr) (of fruits, anthers, etc) to burst open spontaneously, releasing seeds, pollen, etc
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin dēhiscere to split open, from de- + hiscere to yawn, gape
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dehisce in Medicine

dehisce

(dĭ-hĭs)
v.
  1. To rupture or break open, as a surgical wound.
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dehisce in Science

dehiscence

[dĭ-hĭsəns]
  1. The spontaneous opening at maturity of a plant structure, such as a fruit, anther, or sporangium, to release its contents. Compare indehiscence.
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