fissiparous

adjective
fis·sip·a·rous | \ fi-ˈsi-p(ə-)rəs \

Definition of fissiparous 

: tending to break or split up into parts : divisive fissiparous tendencies within a political party

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When it first entered English in the 19th century, "fissiparous" was concerned with reproduction. In biology, a fissiparous organism is one that produces new individuals by fission; that is, by dividing into separate parts, each of which becomes a unique organism. (Most strains of bacteria do this.) Fissiparous derives from Latin fissus, the past participle of "findere" ("to split"), and parere, meaning "to give birth to or "to produce." Other "parere" offspring refer to other forms of reproduction, including "oviparous" ("producing eggs that hatch outside the body") and "viviparous" ("producing living young instead of eggs"). By the end of the 19th century "fissiparous" had acquired a figurative meaning, describing something that breaks into parts or causes something else to break into parts.

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When the year began, Nicholas II was clinging to his throne, Lenin was an exile in Zurich and the Bolsheviks were just one faction in a fissiparous revolutionary underground. Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, "The Road to Red October," 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of fissiparous

1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fissiparous

borrowed from New Latin fissiparus "reproducing by fission," from Latin fissus, past participle of findere "to split, cleave" + -i- -i- + -parus -parous — more at bite entry 1

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fissiparous

adjective
fis·sip·a·rous | \ fis-ˈip-ə-rəs \

Medical Definition of fissiparous 

: producing new biological units or individuals by fission

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