[ bahy-fawr-eyt, -fohr-, bahy-fuh-reyt, bif-uh- ]
/ baɪˈfɔr eɪt, -ˈfoʊr-, ˈbaɪ fəˌreɪt, ˈbɪf ə- /
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having two pores or perforations.
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Origin of biforate
1835–45; bi-1 + Latin forātus perforated, past participle of forāre to bore
Words nearby biforate
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British Dictionary definitions for biforate
/ (ˈbaɪfəˌreɪt) /
biology having two openings, pores, or perforations
Word Origin for biforate
C19: from New Latin biforātus, from bi- 1 + forāre to pierce
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Medical definitions for biforate
[ bī-fôr′āt′ ]
Having two openings.
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