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[bahy-fid] /ˈbaɪ fɪd/
separated or cleft into two equal parts or lobes.
Origin of bifid
1655-65; < Latin bifidus, equivalent to bi- bi-1 + fid- (variant stem of findere to split; akin to bite) + -us adj. suffix
Related forms
bifidity, noun
bifidly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bifid
  • It may be bifid, and is sometimes deflected to one or other side.
  • The spinous process is short and bifid, the two divisions being often of unequal size.
  • When bifid, the ribs or transverse processes have the branches regularly superposed.
British Dictionary definitions for bifid


divided into two lobes by a median cleft: bifid leaves
Derived Forms
bifidity, noun
bifidly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin bifidus from bi-1 + -fidus, from findere to split
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Word Origin and History for bifid

"split in two equal parts," 1660s, from Latin bifidus "split into two parts," from bi- (see bi-) + stem of findere "to split" (see fissure).

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bifid in Medicine

bifid bi·fid (bī'fĭd)
Forked or split into two parts.

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