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Noun: dehiscence  di'hi-sun(t)s
  1. (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

Derived forms: dehiscences

See also: dehiscent, indehiscent

Type of: organic phenomenon

Encyclopedia: Dehiscence