[ dih-his ]
/ dɪˈhɪs /

verb (used without object), de·hisced, de·hisc·ing.

to burst open, as capsules of plants; gape.

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dehisce


/ (dɪˈhɪs) /


(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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Medicine definitions for dehisce


[ dĭ-hĭs ]


To rupture or break open, as a surgical wound.
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Science definitions for dehisce


[ dĭ-hĭsəns ]

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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dehisce verb
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