follow Dictionary.com

How do you spell Hannukah?

dehiscence

[dih-his-uh ns] /dɪˈhɪs əns/
noun
1.
Biology. the release of materials by the splitting open of an organ or tissue.
2.
Botany. the natural bursting open of capsules, fruits, anthers, etc., for the discharge of their contents.
3.
Surgery. the bursting open of a surgically closed wound.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < New Latin dēhiscentia, equivalent to Latin dēhiscent- stem of dēhiscēns, present participle of dēhiscere (see dehisce) + -ia; see -ence
Related forms
dehiscent, adjective
nondehiscent, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for dehiscent
  • Fruit a capsule, fleshy or dry, dehiscent or indehiscent, sometimes berrylike.
British Dictionary definitions for dehiscent

dehiscent

/dɪˈhɪsənt/
adjective
1.
(of fruits, anthers, etc) opening spontaneously to release seeds or pollen
Derived Forms
dehiscence, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for dehiscent

dehiscence

n.

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
dehiscent in Medicine

dehiscence de·his·cence (dĭ-hĭs'əns)
n.
A bursting open or splitting along natural or sutured lines.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
dehiscent 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.

dehisce verb
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for dehiscence

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for dehiscent

0
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for dehiscent