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[sizh-uh n, sish-]
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  1. a cutting, dividing, or splitting; division; separation.
  2. Chemistry. cleavage(def 7).
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Origin of scission

1400–50; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Late Latin scissiōn- (stem of scissiō) a cutting, equivalent to sciss(us) (past participle of scindere to cut) + -iōn- -ion
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Historical Examples

  • The scission was not yet irremediable between the two terms.

    Creative Evolution

    Henri Bergson

  • In Fiji, the process of scission was found in every stage of evolution.

    The Fijians

    Basil Thomson

  • He, therefore, has the scission in himself, he longs to leave and be restored out of this realm of mere nature.

    Homer's Odyssey

    Denton J. Snider

  • It manifestly carries the Trojan scission into Olympus and drives out in disgrace the Trojan deities.

    Homer's Odyssey

    Denton J. Snider

  • If they do not turn the balance in favor of the Tiers-Etat, there is real danger of a scission.

British Dictionary definitions for scission


  1. the act or an instance of cutting, splitting, or dividing
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Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin scissiō, from scindere to split
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Word Origin and History for scission


"act of cutting or dividing," mid-15c., from French scission (14c.), from Late Latin scissionem (nominative scissio) "a cleaving, dividing," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin scindere "to cut" (see shed (v.)).

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scission in Medicine


(sĭzhən, sĭsh-)
  1. A separation, division, or splitting, as in fission.
  2. cleavage