Definitions for abscissionæbˈsɪʒ ən, -ˈsɪʃ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•scis•sionæbˈsɪʒ ən, -ˈsɪʃ-(n.)

  1. the act of cutting off; sudden termination.

  2. the normal separation of flowers, fruit, and leaves from plants.

    Category: Botany

Origin of abscission:

1605–15; < L abscissiō. See abscissa , -tion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abscission(noun)

    shedding of flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of scar tissue in a plant

  2. abscission, cutting off(noun)

    the act of cutting something off

Wiktionary

  1. abscission(Noun)

    The act or process of cutting off.

  2. abscission(Noun)

    A figure of speech employed when a speaker having begun to say a thing stops abruptly

  3. abscission(Noun)

    The natural separation of a part at a predetermined location, such as a leaf at the base of the petiole.

  4. Origin: First attested in the early 15th century. From abscissio, from abscindo

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abscission(noun)

    the act or process of cutting off

  2. Abscission(noun)

    the state of being cut off

  3. Abscission(noun)

    a figure of speech employed when a speaker having begun to say a thing stops abruptly: thus, "He is a man of so much honor and candor, and of such generosity -- but I need say no more."

Freebase

  1. Abscission

    Abscission is a term used in several areas of biology to mean shedding of various parts of an organism. In plant sciences, it most commonly refers to the process by which a plant drops one or more of its parts, such as a leaf, fruit, flower or seed. In zoology, the term may be used to describe the intentional shedding of a body part, such as the shedding of a claw husk, or the autotomy of a tail to evade a predator. In mycology, it may refer to the liberation of a fungal spore. In cell biology, abscission refers to the separation of two daughter cells at the completion of cytokinesis.

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