Dehiscence is a general term referring to 'splitting open' and is used in a variety of contexts in medicine generally and radiology more specifically. 

The two most common usages are:

  1. splitting open of a wound (e.g. sternal dehiscence)
  2. loss of bone separating one structure from another (e.g. superior semicircular canal dehiscence)

Dehiscence is from the Latin word "dehiscere" meaning to gape.

Terms used in radiology

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