bifurcate

[v., adj. bahy-fer-keyt, bahy-fur-keyt; adj. also bahy-fer-kit, bahy-fur-]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), bifurcated, bifurcating.
1.
to divide or fork into two branches.
adjective
2.
divided into two branches.

Origin:
1605–15; < Medieval Latin bifurcātus, past participle of bifurcāre (bi- bi-1 + furc(a) fork + -ātus -ate1)

bifurcately [bahy-fer-keyt-lee, bahy-fur-keyt-lee, -kit-] , adverb
bifurcation, noun
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bifurcate
 
vb
1.  to fork or divide into two parts or branches
 
adj
2.  forked or divided into two sections or branches
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin bifurcātus, from Latin bifurcus, from bi-1 + furca fork]
 
bifur'cation
 
n

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bifurcate
1610s, from M.L. bifurcatus, from L. bi- + furca, the root of fork.
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bifurcate bi·fur·cate (bī'fər-kāt', bī-fûr'-)
v. bi·fur·cat·ed, bi·fur·cat·ing, bi·fur·cates
To divide into two parts or branches. adj. (-kāt', -kĭt)
Forked or divided into two parts or branches.

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bifurcate   (bī'fər-kāt', bī-fûr'-)  Pronunciation Key 
Forked or divided into two parts or branches, as the Y-shaped styles of certain flowers or the tongues of snakes.
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Typically, courts bifurcate patent cases into liability and damage trials.
We conclude that the failure to bifurcate reaches the level of fundamental error.
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