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[in-di-his-uh nt]
adjective Botany, Mycology.
  1. not dehiscent; not opening at maturity.
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Origin of indehiscent

First recorded in 1825–35; in-3 + dehiscent
Related formsin·de·his·cence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for indehiscence


  1. (of fruits) not dehiscent; not opening to release seeds
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Derived Formsindehiscence, noun
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indehiscence in Science


  1. The condition of not splitting open spontaneously at maturity to disperse contents. Used of plant structures such as seed pods. Compare dehiscence.
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