Definitions for dehiscencedɪˈhɪs əns
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the splitting open of a part along its seam or abutting edges, as a fruit, capsule, or wound.
Category: Biology, Botany
Origin of dehiscence:
1820–30; < NL
(biology) release of material by splitting open of an organ or tissue; the natural bursting open at maturity of a fruit or other reproductive body to release seeds or spores or the bursting open of a surgically closed wound
Opening of an organ by its own means (such as an anther or a seed pod) to release its contents.
A rupture, as with a surgical wound opening up, often with a flow of serous fluid.
Opening, gaping, in a general sense.
Origin: From Modern Latin dehiscentia (in Linnaeus), from dehiscentem, present participle of dehiscere.
the act of gaping
a gaping or bursting open along a definite line of attachment or suture, without tearing, as in the opening of pods, or the bursting of capsules at maturity so as to emit seeds, etc.; also, the bursting open of follicles, as in the ovaries of animals, for the expulsion of their contents