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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-sizh-uh n, -sish-]
    • /æbˈsɪʒ ən, -ˈsɪʃ-/
    • /æbˈsɪʒən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-sizh-uh n, -sish-]
    • /æbˈsɪʒ ən, -ˈsɪʃ-/

Definitions of abscission word

  • noun abscission the separation of leaves, branches, flowers, and bark from plants by the formation of an abscission layer 3
  • noun abscission the act of cutting off 3
  • noun abscission a cutting off, as by surgery 3
  • noun abscission the normal separation of fruit, leaves, etc. from plants by the development of a thin layer of pithy cells at the base of their stems 3
  • noun abscission the act of cutting off; sudden termination. 1
  • noun abscission Botany. the normal separation of flowers, fruit, and leaves from plants. 1

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Origin of abscission

First appearance:

before 1605
One of the 40% oldest English words
First recorded in 1605-15, abscission is from the Latin word abscissiōn- (stem of abscissiō). See abscissa, -ion

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Parts of speech for Abscission


abscission popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 63% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 54% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

abscission usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abscission

noun abscission

  • section — a part that is cut off or separated.
  • incision — a cut, gash, or notch.
  • resection — Surveying. a technique of ascertaining the location of a point by taking bearings from the point on two other points of known location.
  • cutting — A cutting is a piece of writing which has been cut from a newspaper or magazine.
  • removal — the act of removing.

Top questions with abscission

  • what does abscission mean?
  • what is an abscission layer?
  • what is abscission?
  • what plant hormone inhibits abscission?

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