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furcate

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Definition of furcate in English:

verb

Pronunciation: /ˈfəːkeɪt
 
, fəːˈkeɪt
 
/
[no object]
Divide into two or more branches; fork: lines of descent furcating from a common source
More example sentences
  • All the rays are trifurcated at their tips and repeatedly furcated into three branches, but some of the last branches are the result of bifurcation.
  • Processes generally hollow, tubiform to tapering, sometimes with striae and annular thickenings along their length; they are distally open or closed and furcated.
  • The ends of each clip are furcated so that a space is provided between the forks at each end for receipt of the flanges therein to secure the clip to the ring portion.

adjective

Pronunciation: /ˈfəːkeɪt
 
, -kət/
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Divided into two or more branches; forked.
Example sentences
  • The furcated branches are commonly bifurcated or, less commonly, trifurcated one or two times, but this character may differ from ray to ray.
  • A motif of furcated leaf belongs to the most ancient.
  • The furcated second end includes at least two branches that extend from an intersection of the furcated second end.

Origin

early 19th century: from late Latin furcatus 'cloven', from Latin furca 'fork'.

Derivatives

furcation

1
Pronunciation: /fəːˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • As growth proceeds, intercalated or bifurcate ribs may appear between the paired ribs, furcation normally occurring on the lower third of the flank.
  • There is also some other difference in furcation; the rays are bifurcated in Protobiramus, while they are more commonly trifurcated in the Protoentactiniidae.
  • A significant clinical fill of both furcations and some crestal resorption of tooth No.3 were noted.

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