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  1. divided into or consisting of two parts.
  2. Law. being in two corresponding parts: a bipartite contract.
  3. shared by two; joint: a bipartite pact; bipartite rule.
  4. Botany. divided into two parts nearly to the base, as a leaf.
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Origin of bipartite

1500–10; < Latin bipartītus divided into two parts, bisected (past participle of bipartīre). See bi-1, part, -ite2
Related formsbi·par·tite·ly, adverbbi·par·ti·tion [bahy-pahr-tish-uh n] /ˌbaɪ pɑrˈtɪʃ ən/, noun
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Examples from the Web for bipartition

Historical Examples

  • An odd number cannot be divided by two, and therefore it sets a limit to bipartition.

    A Critical History of Greek Philosophy

    W. T. Stace

  • Nevertheless the bipartition of the stars into two such distinct classes must be considered as vague and doubtful.

    Lectures on Stellar Statistics

    Carl Vilhelm Ludvig Charlier

  • An even number can be divided by two and therefore it does not set a limit to bipartition.

British Dictionary definitions for bipartition


  1. consisting of or having two parts
  2. affecting or made by two parties; bilaterala bipartite agreement
  3. botany (esp of some leaves) divided into two parts almost to the base
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Derived Formsbipartitely, adverbbipartition (ˌbaɪpɑːˈtɪʃən), noun
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Word Origin and History for bipartition



1570s, from Latin bipartitus "divided," past participle of bipartire "to divide into two parts," from bi- (see bi-) + partitus, past participle of partiri "to divide" (see part (v.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bipartition in Medicine


  1. Consisting of two parts or divisions.
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