plural -s
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
obsolete : a split or division in a group or union : schism

Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of scissure was in the 14th century

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“Scissure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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