Abscise Definition

abscised, abscises, abscising
To separate by abscission.
Webster's New World
To cut off; remove.
American Heritage Medicine
To shed by abscission.
American Heritage Medicine
To cut off. [First attested in the early 17th century.]

(intransitive, botany) To separate by means of abscission; to shed or drop off. [First attested in the early 20th century.]


Origin of Abscise

  • Latin abscīdere abscīs- ab- away ab–1 caedere to cut kaə-id- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin abscīsus, perfect passive participle of abscīdō (“cut off”); formed from abs- + caedō (“cut”).

    From Wiktionary

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