bifurcation

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noun bi·fur·ca·tion \ˌbī-(ˌ)fər-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of bifurcation

  1. 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. 2 :  the state of being divided into two branches or parts :  the act of bifurcating

Examples of bifurcation in a sentence

  1. a thoughtful book about the nation's bifurcation into two distinct and antagonistic cultures

  2. a divisive issue that caused the bifurcation of the political party

Origin and Etymology of bifurcation

see bifurcate


First Known Use: 1615


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