dehiscence

[ dih-his-uh ns ]
/ dɪˈhɪs əns /

noun

Biology. the release of materials by the splitting open of an organ or tissue.
Botany. the natural bursting open of capsules, fruits, anthers, etc., for the discharge of their contents.
Surgery. the bursting open of a surgically closed wound.

Origin of dehiscence

1820–30; < New Latin dēhiscentia, equivalent to Latin dēhiscent- stem of dēhiscēns, present participle of dēhiscere (see dehisce) + -ia; see -ence

Related forms

de·his·cent, adjectivenon·de·his·cent, adjective
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Medicine definitions for dehiscence

dehiscence

[ dĭ-hĭsəns ]

n.

A bursting open or splitting along natural or sutured lines.
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Science definitions for dehiscence

dehiscence

[ dĭ-hĭsəns ]

The spontaneous opening at maturity of a plant structure, such as a fruit, anther, or sporangium, to release its contents. Compare indehiscence.

Related forms

dehisce verb
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