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;Related formsde·his·cent, adjectivenon·de·his·cent, adjective
< New Latin dēhiscentia,
equivalent to Latin dēhiscent-
stem of dēhiscēns,
present participle of dēhiscere
) + -ia;
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Derived Formsdehiscence, noun
(of fruits, anthers, etc) opening spontaneously to release seeds or pollen
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Word Origin and History for dehiscent
1828, from Modern Latin dehiscentia, from dehiscentem (nominative dehiscens), present participle of dehiscere "to gape, open, split down" (of the earth, etc.), from de- (see de-) + hiscere, inchoative of hiare "to yawn" (see yawn (v.)).
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A bursting open or splitting along natural or sutured lines.
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Related formsdehisce verb
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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