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bifurcate

[verb, adjective bahy-fer-keyt, bahy-fur-keyt; adjective bahy-fer-kit, bahy-fur-]
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verb (used with or without object), bi·fur·cat·ed, bi·fur·cat·ing.
  1. to divide or fork into two branches.
adjective
  1. divided into two branches.

Origin of bifurcate

1605–15; < Medieval Latin bifurcātus, past participle of bifurcāre (bi- bi-1 + furc(a) fork + -ātus -ate1)
Related formsbi·fur·cate·ly [bahy-fer-keyt-lee; bahy-fur-keyt-lee, -kit-] /ˌbaɪ fərˈkeɪt li; baɪˈfɜr keɪt li, -kɪt-/, adverbbi·fur·ca·tion, noun
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bifurcate

verb (ˈbaɪfəˌkeɪt)
  1. to fork or divide into two parts or branches
adjective (ɪbaɪˈfəˌkeɪt, -kɪt)
  1. forked or divided into two sections or branches
Derived Formsbifurcation, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin bifurcātus, from Latin bifurcus, from bi- 1 + furca fork
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Word Origin and History for bifurcate

v.

1610s, from Medieval Latin bifurcatus, from Latin bi- (see bi-) + furca, the root of fork. Related: Bifurcated; bifurcating.

adj.

1835, from Medieval Latin bifurcatus, from Latin bi- (see bi-) + furca, the root of fork (n.).

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bifurcate in Medicine

bifurcate

(bīfər-kāt′, bī-fûr-)
v.
  1. To divide into two parts or branches.
adj.
  1. Forked or divided into two parts or branches.
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bifurcate in Science

bifurcate

[bīfər-kāt′, bī-fûr-]
  1. Forked or divided into two parts or branches, as the Y-shaped styles of certain flowers or the tongues of snakes.
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