abscission

/abscission

abscission

leaf or fruit drop induced by hormonal changes.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
abscission (noun)
1.
the act or process of cutting off - removal
2.
the natural separation of flowers, fruit, or leaves from plants at a special separation layer
abscission
abscission (Wikipedia)
Leaf litter on the forest floor. Annual autumn leaf drop in temperate zones is caused by the abscission of the mature leaves from the growth season in response to the approach of cold winter weather.

Abscission (from the Latin ab, meaning away, and scindere, meaning to cut) is the shedding of various parts of an organism, such as a plant dropping a leaf, fruit, flower, or seed. In zoology, abscission is the intentional shedding of a body part, such as the shedding of a claw, husk, or the autotomy of a tail to evade a predator. In mycology, it is the liberation of a fungal spore. In cell biology, abscission refers to the separation of two daughter cells at the completion of cytokinesis.

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