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fissure

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/ 藞f瑟蕛 蓹r /
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noun
a narrow opening produced by cleavage or separation of parts.
Anatomy. a natural division or groove in an organ, as in the brain.
verb (used with object), fis路sured, fis路sur路ing.
to make fissures in; cleave; split.
verb (used without object), fis路sured, fis路sur路ing.
to open in fissures; become split.
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Origin of fissure

1375鈥1425; late Middle English <Latin fiss奴ra cleaving, cleft, fissure, equivalent to fiss(us) divided (see fissi-) + -奴ra-ure

OTHER WORDS FROM fissure

fis路su路ral, adjectivefis路sure路less, adjectivesub路fis路sure, nounsu路per路fis路sure, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fissure

fissure
/ (藞f瑟蕛蓹) /

noun
any long narrow cleft or crack, esp in a rock
a weakness or flaw indicating impending disruption or discordfissures in a decaying empire
anatomy a narrow split or groove that divides an organ such as the brain, lung, or liver into lobesSee also sulcus
a small unnatural crack in the skin or mucous membrane, as between the toes or at the anus
a minute crack in the surface of a tooth, caused by imperfect joining of enamel during development
verb
to crack or split apart

Word Origin for fissure

C14: from medical Latin fiss奴ra, from Latin fissus split
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Scientific definitions for fissure

fissure
[ f沫sh蓹r ]

A long, narrow crack or opening in the face of a rock. Fissures are often filled with minerals of a different type from those in the surrounding rock.
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