bypass

or by-pass

[ bahy-pas, -pahs ]
/ ˈbaɪˌpæs, -ˌpɑs /

noun

a road enabling motorists to avoid a city or other heavy traffic points or to drive around an obstruction.
a secondary pipe or other channel connected with a main passage, as for conducting a liquid or gas around a fixture, pipe, or appliance.
Electricity. shunt (def. 9).
a surgical procedure in which a diseased or obstructed hollow organ is temporarily or permanently circumvented.Compare coronary bypass, gastric bypass, heart-lung machine, intestinal bypass.

verb (used with object), by·passed or (Rare) by·past; by·passed or by·past; by·pass·ing.

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Origin of bypass

1840–50; apparently back formation from by-passage;see by1 (adj.), passage1

OTHER WORDS FROM bypass

bypasser, by-passer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bypass

bypass
/ (ˈbaɪˌpɑːs) /

noun

verb -passes, -passing, -passed or -past (tr)

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Medical definitions for bypass

bypass
[ bīpăs′ ]

n.

A passage created surgically to divert the flow of blood or other bodily fluid or to circumvent an obstructed or diseased organ.
A surgical procedure to create such a channel.
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Scientific definitions for bypass

bypass
[ bīpăs′ ]

A passage created surgically to divert the flow of blood or other bodily fluid or to circumvent an obstructed or diseased organ.
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