scission

noun
scis·​sion | \ ˈsi-zhən How to pronounce scission (audio) \

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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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."

Examples of scission in a Sentence

fears that the scission of the labor union will compromise the workers' bargaining power

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Using IVs that are sanitized between trees, park service workers make a minimally invasive scission in order to treat the tree, according to Jason Gillis, park arborist for National Mall and Memorial Parks. Paulina Smolinski, USA TODAY, "Here's how the National Park Service is saving D.C.'s trees from Dutch elm disease," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of scission

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scission

Middle English (Scots) scissione, from Late Latin scission-, scissio, from Latin scindere

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scission

noun
scis·​sion | \ ˈsizh-ən How to pronounce scission (audio) \

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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