dehisce

verb

de·​hisce di-ˈhis How to pronounce dehisce (audio)
dehisced; dehiscing

intransitive verb

: to split along a natural line
also : to discharge contents by so splitting
seedpods dehiscing at maturity

Word History

Etymology

Latin dehiscere to split open, from de- + hiscere to gape; akin to Latin hiare to yawn — more at yawn

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dehisce was in 1657

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Cite this Entry

“Dehisce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dehisce. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

dehisce

intransitive verb
de·​hisce di-ˈhis How to pronounce dehisce (audio)
dehisced; dehiscing
: to undergo dehiscence
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