Definition of scission
1 : a division or split in a group or union : schism
2 : an action or process of cutting, dividing, or splitting : the state of being cut, divided, or split
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Examples of scission in a sentence
fears that the scission of the labor union will compromise the workers' bargaining power
Did You Know?
You may suspect that a connection exists between "scission" and "scissors," but, actually, their etymologies are sharply divided. "Scission" traces to the Latin verb scindere ("to split" or "to cut"). "Scissors," on the other hand, comes from an entirely separate Latin verb that also means "to cut" - "caedere." The Middle English word for the cutting instrument was "cisours" or "sisoures," which comes from Middle French cisoires. An "sc" spelling appeared only in the 16th century when, apparently, the word for the cutting instrument was mistakenly taken to have derived, like "scission," from "scindere."
Origin and Etymology of scission
Middle English (Scots) scissione, from Late Latin scission-, scissio, from Latin scindere
First Known Use: 15th century
Medical Definition of scission
: an action or process of cutting, dividing, or splitting : the state of being cut, divided, or split single strand scissions in DNA
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