fissure

8 ENTRIES FOUND:

1fis·sure

noun \ˈfi-shər\

: a narrow opening or crack

Full Definition of FISSURE

1
:  a narrow opening or crack of considerable length and depth usually occurring from some breaking or parting
2
a :  a natural cleft between body parts or in the substance of an organ
b :  a break or slit in tissue usually at the junction of skin and mucous membrane
3
:  a separation or disagreement in thought or viewpoint :  schism <fissures in a political party>

Examples of FISSURE

  1. a fissure in the Earth's crust
  2. a deep fissure in the ice

Origin of FISSURE

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin fissura, from fissus
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

Rhymes with FISSURE

2fissure

verb
fis·suredfis·sur·ing

Definition of FISSURE

transitive verb
:  to break into fissures :  cleave
intransitive verb
:  crack, divide

First Known Use of FISSURE

1656

Rhymes with FISSURE

fis·sure

noun \ˈfish-ər, British also ˈfish-yr\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FISSURE

1
: a natural cleft between body parts or in the substance of an organ: as a : any of several clefts separating the lobes of the liver b : any of various clefts between bones or parts of bones in the skull c : any of the deep clefts of the brain; especially : one of those located at points of elevation in the walls of the ventricles—compare sulcus d : anterior median fissure; also : posterior median septum
2
: a break or slit in tissue usually at the junction of skin and mucous membrane <fissure of the lip>
3
: a linear developmental imperfection in the enamel of a tooth
fis·sured \ˈfish-ərd, British also ˈfish-yrd\ adjective

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