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furcation

[ fûr-kāshən ]
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n.

A forking, or a forklike part or branch.
The region of a multirooted tooth at which the root divides.

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What does furcation mean?

Furcation is the act or process of furcating—forking or dividing into branches or different parts.

It can also refer to something that forks or has been split in such a way.

It’s most often used in technical and scientific contexts, such as engineering and medicine.

The related word bifurcation means the act of dividing or forking into two parts or branches, or something that has forked or been divided in such a way. Trifurcation results in three parts or branches.

Furcation can also be used in a more specific way to refer to the area of a multirooted tooth at which the root divides.

Example: The hiking trail has a furcation after about four miles, so make sure you go down the middle path and not the ones on the right or left.

Where does furcation come from?

The first records of the word furcation come from the 1600s. It ultimately comes from the Latin furc(a), meaning “fork” (as in a fork in the road or a river).

Furcation is used in many contexts in which structures are discussed in technical or scientific terms. Furcations can be found throughout nature in things like plants, rivers, even parts of the human body that split into different parts or channels, such as some arteries of the heart. Furcations can also happen to entities like organizations or governments that are split into different parts or factions.

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Furcation is usually used in technical or scientific contexts.

 

 

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Which of the following things would be likely to have a furcation in it?

A. a tree limb
B. an artery
C. a river
D. all of the above

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