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dehisce

[dih-his] /dɪˈhɪs/
verb (used without object), dehisced, dehiscing.
1.
to burst open, as capsules of plants; gape.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin dēhiscere to gape, part, equivalent to dē- de- + hiscere to gape, yawn (hi(āre) to yawn + -scere inchoative suffix)
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Examples from the web for dehisce
  • The anthers of the triploid plants usually dehisce, but the plants are highly sterile.
  • They dehisce by a longitudinal cleft twisting into a spiral after flowering.
  • Capsules dehisce in autumn, releasing thousands of seeds, which are primarily wind-dispersed.
  • Some herbaceous species have capsules or fruits that dehisce explosively.
  • When the seed capsules are mature they dehisce explosively, dispersing the seed up to several meters.
  • As they wilt the anthers crack open and more pollen is available than if the anthers dehisce on the plants.
British Dictionary definitions for dehisce

dehisce

/dɪˈhɪs/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (of fruits, anthers, etc) to burst open spontaneously, releasing seeds, pollen, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēhiscere to split open, from de- + hiscere to yawn, gape
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dehisce in Medicine

dehisce de·hisce (dĭ-hĭs')
v. de·hisced, de·hisc·ing, de·hisc·es
To rupture or break open, as a surgical wound.

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dehisce in Science
dehiscence
  (dĭ-hĭs'əns)   
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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