bi·​fur·​ca·​tion | \ ˌbī-(ˌ)fər-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce bifurcation (audio) \

Definition of bifurcation

1a : the point or area at which something divides into two branches or parts : the point at which bifurcating occurs Inflammation may occlude the bifurcation of the trachea.
b : branch
2 : the state of being divided into two branches or parts : the act of bifurcating

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a thoughtful book about the nation's bifurcation into two distinct and antagonistic cultures a divisive issue that caused the bifurcation of the political party
Recent Examples on the Web This bifurcation was evident in your survey responses. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "67% of you made more in 2020 than in 2019," 18 Feb. 2021 In the ensuing months, a sharp — and for many, maddening — bifurcation took place as Covid-19 swept through the country in waves of mounting severity. NBC News, "2020: A dismal economic year, unless you were on Wall Street," 31 Dec. 2020 Across the board, 17 percent say their income has already bounced back, but a deeper dive into the numbers shows a sharp bifurcation in this rebound, with the richest Americans seeing a quicker bounce-back. NBC News, "Four in 10 households report lower income than pre-pandemic, threatening economic recovery," 9 Dec. 2020 The tide has been slowly shifting back away from car-centric modal bifurcation in cities worldwide. Tom Vanderbilt, Wired, "The Pandemic Gives Us a Chance to Change How We Get Around," 2 Dec. 2020 This bifurcation suggests a widening of the gap in the U.S. housing market as homeowners or would-be buyers toward the bottom of the credit scale struggle to qualify for a loan. Christopher Maloney,, "Mortgage Credit for Some Americans Drying Up Amid Supply Deluge," 15 Oct. 2020 This narrative bifurcation—aspirational sagas of upward black mobility pitched against lurid accounts of ghetto pathology—continues largely undisturbed in today’s cultural scene. Adolph Reed Jr., The New Republic, "TV Race Fables and the Privilege of a Raging Class," 22 Sep. 2020 In February's Distance Insights report co-published by the USGA and R&A, the idea of bifurcation was again floated whereby professional golfers adhere to different rules and regulations to amateurs. Tom Pilcher, CNN, "Why record-breaking drives could change golf as we know it," 17 Aug. 2020 This could cause a bifurcation, giving rise to separate dollar and yuan financial systems. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Hong Kong’s future as a financial hub is being torn between Washington and Beijing," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of bifurcation

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bifurcation

see bifurcate

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26 Feb 2021

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“Bifurcation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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