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NOUN (1)

1. (biology) release of material by splitting open of an organ or tissue; the natural bursting open at maturity of a fruit or other reproductive body to release seeds or spores or the bursting open of a surgically closed wound;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dehiscence \De*his"cence\, n. [Cf. F. d['e]hiscence.] 1. The act of gaping. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]