Definition of dehisce in English:


Syllabification: de·hisce
Pronunciation: /diˈhis


[no object] technical
(Of a pod or seed vessel, or of a cut or wound) gape or burst open: after the anther lobes dehisce, the pollen is set free
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  • Upon maturation in October through November, the outer husk dehisces, exposing white arillate seeds.
  • When the fruits were ready to dehisce, the seeds were counted, weighed and planted to test for germinability as described in the previous experiment.
  • A capsule was considered mature when it dehisced or reached full size.


mid 17th century: from Latin dehiscere, from de- 'away' + hiscere 'begin to gape' (from hiare 'gape').



Pronunciation: /-ˈhisəns/
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  • Around 63% of pollen grains were viable at the time of anther dehiscence.
  • Synchrony between floret opening and anther dehiscence may contribute to the high rate of self-pollination.
  • Pollen viability was about 71% at the moment of anther dehiscence.


Pronunciation: /-ˈhisənt/
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  • The phenology index was calculated as the proportion of flowers with dehiscent stamens.
  • Six of our patients underwent surgical resurfacing of the dehiscent canal via a middle cranial fossa approach.
  • The fruit is dehiscent, woody, aggregated in bunches and generally contains two seeds.

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