dehisce

[dih-his]
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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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Related Words for dehisce

cleave, divide, yaw, gap, yawn, part, split, crack, dehisce

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British Dictionary definitions for dehisce

dehisce

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

Word Origin for dehisce

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.
Related formsdehisce verb
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