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[verb, adjective bahy-fer-keyt, bahy-fur-keyt; adjective bahy-fer-kit, bahy-fur-] /verb, adjective ˈbaɪ fərˌkeɪt, baɪˈfɜr keɪt; adjective ˈbaɪ fər kɪt, baɪˈfɜr-/
verb (used with or without object), bifurcated, bifurcating.
to divide or fork into two branches.
divided into two branches.
Origin of bifurcate
1605-15; < Medieval Latin bifurcātus, past participle of bifurcāre (bi- bi-1 + furc(a) fork + -ātus -ate1)
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[bahy-fer-keyt-lee, bahy-fur-keyt-lee, -kit-] /ˌbaɪ fərˈkeɪt li, baɪˈfɜr keɪt li, -kɪt-/ (Show IPA),
bifurcation, noun Unabridged
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  • Except for the bifurcated stem some examples are similar to some of the Jude points recovered in this excavation.

  • Does not the sex that is bifurcated by day keep by night to its manly bifurcation?

    Journeys to Bagdad Charles S. Brooks
  • I dodged as he whisked by with a vicious slap of his bifurcated tail, and nearly upset the boat.

    In the Wilderness Charles Dudley Warner
  • The ribs are short structures with bifurcated proximal ends.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • It is bifurcated at the wide end, five rows having been omitted from the middle of the belt for about one-third of the length.

  • Here a bifurcated ridge in the baby is filled up in the boy.

    Finger Prints Francis Galton
  • Many of the fish in the bifurcated river are of delicious flavor, but rice and fruit form the principal diet.

    Up the Forked River Edward Sylvester Ellis
  • We are tyrannized by Major and Minor—by the bifurcated garment.

British Dictionary definitions for bifurcated


verb (ˈbaɪfəˌkeɪt)
to fork or divide into two parts or branches
adjective (ɪbaɪˈfəˌkeɪt; -kɪt)
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 bifurcated



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


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

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bifurcated 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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bifurcated in Science
  (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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