fissure


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fissure \Fis"sure\, n. [L. fissura, fr. findere, fissum, to
   cleave, split; akin to E. bite: cf. F. fissure.]
   A narrow opening, made by the parting of any substance; a
   cleft; as, the fissure of a rock.
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   Cerebral fissures (Anat.), the furrows or clefts by which
      the surface of the cerebrum is divided; esp., the furrows
      first formed by the infolding of the whole wall of the
      cerebrum.

   Fissure needle (Surg.), a spiral needle for catching
      together the gaping lips of wounds. --Knight.

   Fissure of rolando (Anat.), the furrow separating the
      frontal from the parietal lobe in the cerebrum.

   Fissure of Sylvius (Anat.), a deep cerebral fissure
      separating the frontal from the temporal lobe. See Illust.
      under Brain.

   Fissure vein (Mining), a crack in the earth's surface
      filled with mineral matter. --Raymond.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fissure \Fis"sure\, v. t.
   To cleave; to divide; to crack or fracture.
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