scissure

noun
scis·​sure | \ ˈsizhə(r), -ish- \
plural -s

Definition of scissure

1 archaic : a cleft or elongated opening in a body or surface made by or as if by cutting : a cleft separating bodily parts or opening into the body
2 obsolete : a split or division in a group or union : schism

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First Known Use of scissure

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scissure

Middle English, from Latin scissura, from scissus (past participle of scindere to split) + -ura -ure

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“Scissure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scissure. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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