Definition of fissiparous in English:



  • 1Inclined to cause or undergo division into separate parts or groups.

    ‘the fissiparous tendencies innate in tribalism’
    ‘she was unsuccessful in holding a fissiparous membership together’
    • ‘His coalition is broad and fissiparous, and the communists, who were the ruin of his last government, made a strong showing.’
    • ‘Despite their fissiparous tendencies, they spread steadily.’
    • ‘During the past two weeks, the Union of the Parliaments has become more fissiparous than at any time since 1707.’
    • ‘We have too many fissiparous tendencies in the two countries to take risks.’
    • ‘There are clear limits to what voluntary organizations can do to remedy the fissiparous tendencies of an inherently selfish capitalism.’
    1. 1.1Biology (of an organism) reproducing by fission.
      ‘small fissiparous worms’
      • ‘Regeneration has been entrained to complete an asexual life cycle in fissiparous and comet-forming starfish.’
      • ‘It is noted that fissiparous and cometforming starfish have entrained the regeneration pathway into their life cycle.’


Mid 19th century: from Latin fissus, past participle of findere ‘split’, on the pattern of viviparous.