bi·​par·​tite | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈpär-ˌtīt How to pronounce bipartite (audio) \

Definition of bipartite

1a : being in two parts
b : having a correspondent part for each of two parties
c : shared by two
2 : divided into two parts almost to the base a bipartite leaf

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bipartitely adverb
bipartition \ ˌbī-​(ˌ)pär-​ˈti-​shən How to pronounce bipartite (audio) \ noun

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Bipartite and Medicine

Usually a technical word, bipartite is common in medicine and biology. A bipartite patella, for example, is a split kneecap; many people are born with them. Many creatures have a bipartite life cycle, living life in two very distinct forms. As one example, the velella begins life as a creature that travels with thousands of others in the form of a kind of sailboat, blown across the ocean's surface with the wind; only later does each velella turn into a tiny jellyfish.

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Recent Examples on the Web In the last week, the team has shut down sluggers Shohei Ohtani (surgery to address bipartite patella in his left knee), Justin Upton (patellar tendinitis in his right knee) and Mike Trout (Morton’s neuroma in his right foot). Maria Torres, Los Angeles Times, "Another Angels injury adds to a challenging first year for manager Brad Ausmus," 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bipartite

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bipartite

Latin bipartitus, past participle of bipartire to divide in two, from bi- + partire to divide, from part-, pars part

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The first known use of bipartite was in 1574

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“Bipartite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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bi·​par·​tite | \ (ˈ)bī-ˈpär-ˌtīt How to pronounce bipartite (audio) \

Medical Definition of bipartite

: divided into two parts

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