Definition of Dehiscence

1. Noun. (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.

Category relationships: Biological Science, Biology
Generic synonyms: Organic Phenomenon
Attributes: Dehiscent, Indehiscent
Derivative terms: Dehisce, Dehiscent



Definition of Dehiscence

1. n. The act of gaping.

Definition of Dehiscence

1. Noun. (botany) Opening of an organ by its own means (such as an anther or a seed pod) to release its contents. ¹

2. Noun. (medicine) A rupture, as with a surgical wound opening up, often with a flow of serous fluid. ¹

3. Noun. (rare) Opening, gaping, in a general sense. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dehiscence

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Medical Definition of Dehiscence

1. A premature bursting open or splitting along natural or surgical suture lines. A complication of surgery that occurs secondary to poor wound healing. Risk factors include diabetes, advanced age, obesity and trauma during the post-surgical period. (27 Sep 1997)

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Literary usage of Dehiscence

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1. A Textbook of Botany for Colleges and Universities by John Merle Coulter, Charles Reid Barnes, Henry Chandler Cowles (1911)
"The dehiscence of fruits. — Fruits that open on maturity, ... Although the habit seems relatively useless, dehiscence occurs in some one-seeded fruits, ..."

2. The Elements of Botany for Beginners and for Schools by Asa Gray (1887)
"Regular dehiscence in a capsule takes place in two ways, which are best ... In loculicidal dehiscence the valves naturally bear the partitions on their ..."

3. Gray's School and Field Book of Botany: Consisting of "Lessons in Botany by Asa Gray (1887)
"Flo. 396. Pod of a Marsh St. John's-wort, with septicidal dehiscence. Fio. 397, 398. Diagrams of the two modes. ..."

4. Morphology of Angiosperms: (Morphology of Spermatophytes. Part II) by John Merle Coulter, Charles Joseph Chamberlain (1903)
"As dehiscence approaches, this plate usually disappears, and the two sporangial cavities ... The mechanism for the dehiscence of anthers is extremely varied ..."

5. Descriptive Botany by Eliza Ann Youmans (1885)
"Modes of dehiscence. To understand the modes of dehiscence pictured in this ... REGULAR OR VALVULAR dehiscence occurs when the ovary separates into the ..."

6. Descriptive Botany: A Practical Guide to the Classification of Plants, with by Eliza Ann Youmans (1885)
"Modes of dehiscence. To understand the modes of dehiscence pictured in this ... REGULAR OR VALVULAR dehiscence occurs when the ovary separates into the ..."

7. Second Book of Botany: A Practical Guide to the Observation and Study of Plants by Eliza Ann Youmans (1874)
"Name the various modes of dehiscence of anther- cells shown upon the charts. ... When the valves of the anther are of equal size, the dehiscence will occur ..."

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