One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Biology. Separation or detachment by constriction; formation by this means; (Mycology) the separation of a spore from a hypha or sporangiophore, especially by narrowing of the connecting tissue and usually preceded by the formation of a septum.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From ab- + classical Latin strictiōn-, strictiō striction.
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