noun[mass noun] technical
1The action or state of cutting or being cut, in particular:
- Budding and scission of a deflated vesicle into two smaller spherical daughters were sometimes observed.
- The gift of her language, therefore, is not one of exfoliation, but of continual scission and concision.
- The author argued that the scission between nature and culture is actually a false one, based on erroneous assumptions about the underlying ‘constitution’ of these bipolar terms.
1.1chiefly Biochemistry Breakage of a chemical bond, especially one in a long chain molecule so that two smaller chains result: this bacteriophage catalyses scission of DNA strands
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- Strand scission in DNA can result from the production of a carbon-based radical following hydrogen atom abstraction from deoxyribose.
- Indeed, the assembled repair complex just before strand scission (loss of antibody binding) is composed of multiple subunits.
- These trimetal clusters cleaved DNA through single-strand scission by use of UV light as the trigger.
Words that rhyme with scissioncircumcision, collision, concision, decision, derision, division, elision, envision, excision, imprecision, incision, misprision, precisian, precision, provision, vision
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