bifurcate

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

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Origin of bifurcate

1605–15; <Medieval Latin bifurcātus, past participle of bifurcāre (bi-bi-1 + furc(a) fork + -ātus-ate1)

OTHER WORDS FROM bifurcate

bi·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 forms of bifurcate

bifurcation, noun

Word Origin for bifurcate

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