abscise

[ab-sahyz]

verb (used without object), ab·scised, ab·scis·ing. Botany.

to separate by abscission, as a leaf from a stem.

Nearby words

  1. absaroka range,
  2. abscam,
  3. abscess,
  4. abscessed,
  5. abscind,
  6. abscisic acid,
  7. abscissa,
  8. abscission,
  9. abscission layer,
  10. abscission zone

Origin of abscise

1605–15; < Latin abscīsus cut off (past participle of abscīdere), equivalent to abs- abs- + -cīdere, combining form of caedere to cut

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British Dictionary definitions for abscise

abscise

verb

to separate or be separated by abscission

Word Origin for abscise

C17: from Latin abscisus, from abscīdere to cut off

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