Abscission

Noun

  • The act or process of cutting off.
  • (botany) The natural separation of a part at a predetermined location, such as a leaf at the base of the petiole. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
  • (rhetoric) A figure of speech employed when a speaker having begun to say a thing stops abruptly
  • (obsolete) The state of being cut off. [Attested only in the mid 17th century.]

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