moiety

[ moi-i-tee ]
/ ˈmɔɪ ɪ ti /

noun, plural moi·e·ties.

a half.
an indefinite portion, part, or share.
Anthropology. one of two units into which a tribe or community is divided on the basis of unilineal descent.

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Origin of moiety

1400–50; late Middle English moite < Middle French < Latin medietāt- (stem of medietās) the middle, equivalent to medi(us) mid + -etāt-, variant, after vowels, of -itāt- -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for moiety

moiety

/ (ˈmɔɪɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties archaic

a half
one of two parts or divisions of something

Word Origin for moiety

C15: from Old French moitié, from Latin mediētās middle, from medius
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Medicine definitions for moiety

moiety

[ moiĭ-tē ]

n.

One of two or more parts into which something may be divided, such as the various parts of a vitamin or molecule.
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