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rare with object Surgery. To cut off or away; = abscise. Compare abscission. rare.
2no object Of a leaf or other part: to undergo abscission; = abscise.
3with object To cause to undergo abscission; = abscise. Usually in pass.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Woodall (1570–1643), surgeon. Originally from classical Latin absciss-, past participial stem of abscindere abscind. In later use perhaps independently as a back-formation from abscission.
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