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bifurcation

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From bifurcate +‎ -ion.

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bifurcation (plural bifurcations)

  1. (biology) A division into two branches.
  2. (by extension) Any place where one thing divides into two.
  3. The act of bifurcating; branching or dividing in two.
  4. Either of the forks or other branches resultant from such a division.
  5. (geography) A place where two roads, tributaries etc. part or meet.
  6. (nautical) The point where a channel divides when proceeding from seaward.
  7. (mathematics) The change in the qualitative or topological structure of a given family as decribed by bifurcation theory.
  8. (computer science) A command that executes one block or other of commands depending on the result of a condition.

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EtymologyEdit

From bifurcate 'to divide into branches', from medieval Latin bifurcatus, the past participle of bifurcare, from Latin bifurcus 'two-spronged', itself from bi- + furca 'fork'

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bifurcation f (plural bifurcations)

  1. A bifurcation, where two roads etc. part or meet

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