abscission

noun ab·scis·sion \ ab-ˈsi-zhən \

Definition of abscission

1 : the act or process of cutting off : removal
2 : the natural separation of flowers, fruit, or leaves from plants at a special separation layer

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Origin and Etymology of abscission

Middle English abscisioun, borrowed from Medieval Latin abscīsiōn-, abscīsiō "cutting off, felling, amputation," going back to Latin, "aposiopesis," from abscīdere "to cut off or away, remove" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns; spelling abscission (in Late and Medieval Latin as abscissiōn-, abscissiō) by construing the noun as a derivative of Latin abscindere "to tear off or away" — more at abscise, abscissa


Medical Dictionary

abscission

noun ab·scis·sion \ ab-ˈsizh-ən \

medical Definition of abscission

: the act or process of cutting off : ablation


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