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

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

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



to separate or be separated by abscission

Word Origin for abscise

C17: from Latin abscisus, from abscīdere to cut off
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