Meaning of BIFURCATION in English


|bī+ noun

( -s )

Etymology: French bifurcation, probably from New Latin bifurcation-, bifurcatio, from Medieval Latin bifurcatus + Latin -ion-, -io -ion

1. : separation or branching into two parts, areas, aspects, or connected segments

the Cartesian bifurcation of reality into mind and matter

2. : the point at which bifurcation occurs — used almost wholly of physical objects

inflammation may occlude the bifurcation of the trachea

3. : either member of a pair produced by bifurcation : branch

the left bifurcation of the common iliac artery

a bifurcation of the Japan current that carries warmth and moisture to the Alaska coastline

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