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bifurcate

[v., adj. bahy-fer-keyt, bahy-fur-keyt; adj. also bahy-fer-kit, bahy-fur-] /v., adj. ˈbaɪ fərˌkeɪt, baɪˈfɜr keɪt; adj. also ˈbaɪ fər kɪt, baɪˈfɜr-/
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
1605-1615
1605-15; < Medieval Latin bifurcātus, past participle of bifurcāre (bi- bi-1 + furc(a) fork + -ātus -ate1)
Related forms
bifurcately
[bahy-fer-keyt-lee, bahy-fur-keyt-lee, -kit-] /ˌbaɪ fərˈkeɪt li, baɪˈfɜr keɪt li, -kɪt-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
bifurcation, noun
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Examples from the web for bifurcate
  • Typically, courts bifurcate patent cases into liability and damage trials.
  • We conclude that the failure to bifurcate reaches the level of fundamental error.
British Dictionary definitions for bifurcate

bifurcate

verb (ˈbaɪfəˌkeɪt)
1.
to fork or divide into two parts or branches
adjective (ɪbaɪˈfəˌkeɪt; -kɪt)
2.
forked or divided into two sections or branches
Derived Forms
bifurcation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin bifurcātus, from Latin bifurcus, from bi-1 + furca fork
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Word Origin and History for bifurcate
v.

1610s, from Medieval Latin bifurcatus, from Latin bi- (see bi-) + furca, the root of fork. Related: Bifurcated; bifurcating.

adj.

1835, from Medieval Latin bifurcatus, from Latin bi- (see bi-) + furca, the root of fork (n.).

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bifurcate in Medicine

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 in Science
bifurcate
  (bī'fər-kāt', bī-fûr'-)   
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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