Definition of fissiparous in English:



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

    ‘she was unsuccessful in holding a fissiparous membership together’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite their fissiparous tendencies, they spread steadily.’
    • ‘His coalition is broad and fissiparous, and the communists, who were the ruin of his last government, made a strong showing.’
    • ‘During the past two weeks, the Union of the Parliaments has become more fissiparous than at any time since 1707.’
    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.’



/fiˈsipərəs/ /fɪˈsɪpərəs/


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