Definition of bipartite
1a : being in two partsb : having a correspondent part for each of two partiesc : shared by two
2 : divided into two parts almost to the base <a bipartite leaf>
bipartitionplay \ˌbī-(ˌ)pär-ˈti-shən\ noun
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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.
Origin and Etymology of bipartite
Latin bipartitus, past participle of bipartire to divide in two, from bi- + partire to divide, from part-, pars part
First Known Use: 1574
Medical Definition of bipartite
: divided into two parts
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