scissile

adjective
scis·​sile | \ ˈsi-səl How to pronounce scissile (audio) , -ˌsī(-ə)l \

Definition of scissile

: capable of being cut smoothly or split easily a scissile peptide bond

First Known Use of scissile

1552, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scissile

borrowed from Latin scissilis "(of a mineral) easily split, (of clothing) torn, tattered," from *scid-, base of scindere "to split, cleave, separate" + -tilis "subject to, susceptible to (the action of the verb)" — more at shed entry 1

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The first known use of scissile was in 1552

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“Scissile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scissile. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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scissile

adjective
scis·​sile | \ ˈsis-əl How to pronounce scissile (audio) , -ˌīl How to pronounce scissile (audio) \

Medical Definition of scissile

: capable of being cut smoothly or split easily a scissile peptide bond

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