- 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
Related Words for dehiscentaccessible, wide, clear, free, susceptible, exposed, stripped, bare, rent, removed, unblocked, unlocked, patent, gaping, extended, agape, rolling, uncovered, emptied, unbarred
Examples from the Web for dehiscent
Historical Examples of dehiscent
Fruit 5-celled dehiscent pods, with many pendulous, winged seeds.Trees of the Northern United States
Austin C. Apgar
Dehiscent: open or standing open: separating toward the tip.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
The dehiscent cone distinguishes this group from the Cembrae.
From P. albicaulis, with similar leaves, it differs by its dehiscent cone.
From the latter it is also distinct in its dehiscent cone and in its seed.
- (of fruits, anthers, etc) opening spontaneously to release seeds or pollen
- A bursting open or splitting along natural or sutured lines.
- The spontaneous opening at maturity of a plant structure, such as a fruit, anther, or sporangium, to release its contents. Compare indehiscence.