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trifurcate

[trahy-fur-keyt, trahy-fer-keyt; adj. also trahy-fur-kit, trahy-fer-] /traɪˈfɜr keɪt, ˈtraɪ fərˌkeɪt; adj. also traɪˈfɜr kɪt, ˈtraɪ fər-/
verb (used without object), trifurcated, trifurcating.
1.
to divide into three forks or branches.
adjective
2.
Also, trifurcated. divided into three forks or branches.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; see tri-, furcate
Related forms
trifurcation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for trifurcation

trifurcate

/ˈtraɪfɜːkɪt; -ˌkeɪt/
adjective
1.
having three branches or forks
Derived Forms
trifurcation, noun
Word Origin
from Latin trifurcus, from tri- + furca a fork
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trifurcation in Medicine

trifurcation tri·fur·ca·tion (trī'fər-kā'shən)
n.
A division into three branches.


tri·fur'cate v.
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