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Thu Nov 17 17:35:01 EST 1994

Terry Delaney has given a reference to the derivation of "apoptosis" 
(to do with falling of leaves of petals)  and Tobias Baskin has 
pointed out that botanists instead use "abscission" to describe the
falling of plant parts. F.T.Addicott, in his great botanical book entitled 
"Abscission" * does not use or refer to "apoptosis" anywhere, but 
does define and use "cladoptosis", the falling of branches. He also 
points out that "abscission" is really an inappropriate word to 
describe the phenomenon, because its derivation implies that the 
parts are artificially severed - as by applying "scissors" - rather 
than as the outcome of an internal, natural process.
*Univ. of California Press, 1982
Brian Gunning

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