bifurcate

[ verb, adjective bahy-fer-keyt, bahy-fur-keyt; adjective bahy-fer-kit, bahy-fur- ]
/ verb, adjective ˈbaɪ fərˌkeɪt, baɪˈfɜr keɪt; adjective ˈbaɪ fər kɪt, baɪˈfɜr- /

verb (used with or without object), bi·fur·cat·ed, bi·fur·cat·ing.

to divide or fork into two branches.

adjective

divided into two branches.

Nearby words

  1. biforked,
  2. biform,
  3. bifrost,
  4. bifter,
  5. bifunctional,
  6. bifurcation,
  7. big,
  8. big and bold,
  9. big apple,
  10. big apple, the

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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British Dictionary definitions for bifurcate

bifurcate

verb (ˈbaɪfəˌkeɪt)

to fork or divide into two parts or branches

adjective (ɪbaɪˈfəˌkeɪt, -kɪt)

forked or divided into two sections or branches
Derived Formsbifurcation, noun

Word Origin for bifurcate

C17: from Medieval Latin bifurcātus, from Latin bifurcus, from bi- 1 + furca fork

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Medicine definitions for bifurcate

bifurcate

[ bīfər-kāt′, bī-fûr- ]

v.

To divide into two parts or branches.

adj.

Forked or divided into two parts or branches.

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Science definitions for bifurcate

bifurcate

[ bīfər-kāt′, bī-fûr- ]

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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