De*his"cence (?), n. [Cf. F. d'ehiscence.]

1.

The act of gaping.

2. Biol.

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.

 

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