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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Medical Dictionary

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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Example sentences
Some companies have introduced a bifurcated structure that grafts performance-based pay onto the traditional seniority system.
Two or more of the cartilages often unite, partially or completely, and they are sometimes bifurcated at their extremities.
But once he bifurcated, his anger was directed at other essayists, the people you're calling pundits.
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