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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bifurcation

n.

1610s, "the point at which something splits in two," noun of action from bifurcate (v.). Meaning "division into two forks" is from 1640s.

bifurcate

v.

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

bifurcate

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bifurcation in Medicine

bifurcation

(bī′fər-kāshən)
n.
  1. A division into two branches; a forking.

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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bifurcation 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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