Origin of multifid

First recorded in 1745–55, multifid is from the Latin word multifidus divided into many parts. See multi-, -fid
Related formsmul·ti·fid·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for multifid


multifidous (mʌlˈtɪfɪdəs)

  1. having or divided into many lobes or similar segmentsa multifid leaf
Derived Formsmultifidly, adverb

Word Origin for multifid

C18: from Latin multifidus, from multus many + findere to split
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multifid in Medicine


  1. Divided into many clefts or segments.
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