rare To cut off or away; = "abscise". Compare "abscission".
Of a leaf or other part: to undergo abscission; = "abscise".
3To cause to undergo abscission; = "abscise". Usually in passive.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Woodall (1570–1643), surgeon. Originally from classical Latin absciss-, past participial stem of abscindere abscind.