Origin of dehiscenceClassical Latin dehiscens, present participle of dehiscere: see dehisce
- Botany The spontaneous opening at maturity of a plant structure, such as a fruit, anther, or sporangium, to release its contents.
- Medicine A rupture or splitting open, as of a surgical wound, or of an organ or structure to discharge its contents.
split fruit exposing the seed of a
horse chestnut tree
From Modern Latin dehiscentia (in Linnaeus), from Latin dehiscentem, present participle of dehiscere.