scission

scission

[sizh-uhn, sish-]
noun
1.
a cutting, dividing, or splitting; division; separation.
2.
Chemistry, cleavage ( def 7 ).

Origin:
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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scission (ˈsɪʃən)
 
n
the act or an instance of cutting, splitting, or dividing
 
[C15: from Late Latin scissiō, from scindere to split]

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scission scis·sion (sĭzh'ən, sĭsh'-)
n.

  1. A separation, division, or splitting, as in fission.

  2. See cleavage.

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