Definition of Bifurcation

1. Noun. A bifurcating branch (one or both of them).

Generic synonyms: Branch, Leg, Ramification
Derivative terms: Bifurcate, Bifurcate

2. Noun. The place where something divides into two branches.
Generic synonyms: Forking, Furcation
Derivative terms: Bifurcate

3. Noun. The act of splitting into two branches.
Generic synonyms: Branching, Fork, Forking, Ramification
Derivative terms: Bifurcate, Bifurcate

Definition of Bifurcation

1. n. A forking, or division into two branches.

Definition of Bifurcation

1. Noun. (biology) A division into two branches. ¹

2. Noun. (context: by extension) Any place where one thing divides into two. ¹

3. Noun. The act of bifurcating; branching or dividing in two. ¹

4. Noun. Either of the forks or other branches resultant from such a division. ¹

5. Noun. (geography) A place where two roads, tributaries etc. part or meet. ¹

6. Noun. (nautical) The point where a channel divides when proceeding from seaward. ¹

7. Noun. (mathematics) The change in the qualitative or topological structure of a given family as decribed by bifurcation theory. ¹

8. Noun. (computer science) A command than execute one bloc or other of commands depending the result of a condition. ¹

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Definition of Bifurcation

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Medical Definition of Bifurcation

1. Split into two parts. A change in the stability or in the types of solutions which occurs as a parameter is varied in a dissipative dynamic system. The change can be seen as a bifurcation point in a graph of the parameter being varied vs. One of the properties of the solutions. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bifurcation

bifurcate ligament
bifurcated ligament
bifurcatio aortae
bifurcatio tracheae
bifurcatio trunci pulmonalis
bifurcation (current term)
bifurcation lymph nodes
bifurcation of aorta
bifurcation of pulmonary trunk
bifurcation of trachea
bifurcation theory
big-bang theory

Literary usage of Bifurcation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1907)
"Gumma at the bifurcation of the Bronchi.—J. GAREL (Annales des maladies de I'oreille, du larynx, du nez, et du pharynx, July, 1906) reports a case of gumma ..."

2. The Gases in Rocks by Rollin Thomas Chamberlin (1908)
"Thus, in figure 17, ö belongs to a form of bifurcation, for at this point the ... Poincaré showed in the work cited that there are no forms of bifurcation ..."

3. The Tidal and Other Problems by Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, Forest Ray Moulton, Charles Sumner Slichter, William Duncan MacMillan, Arthur Constant Lunn, Julius Stieglitz (1909)
"Thus, in figure 17, b belongs to a form of bifurcation, for at this point the Maclaurin spheroids and Jacobian ellipsoids are identical. ..."

4. The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin (1909)
"... Great Gale—Beagle Channel — Ponsonby Sound — Build Wigwams and settle the Fuegians—bifurcation of the Beagle Channel —Glaciers—Return to the Ship—Second ..."

5. The Earth and Its Inhabitants by Élisée Reclus (1881)
"Sezanne, moreover, is interesting on account of the bifurcation of the river Grand Morin, which rises to the north of the town, a phenomenon similar to that ..."

6. Science of Fingerprints: Classification and Uses (1988)
"When there is a choice between two or more possible deltas, the following rules govern: • The delta may not be located at a bifurcation which does not open ..."

7. Proceedings of the Berkeley-Ames Conference on Nonlinear Problems in Control by Louis R. Hunt, Clyde Martin (1984)
"In addition, the bifurcation can be supercritical or subcritical, as illustrated in ... In a supercritical bifurcation (shown by the pitchfork bifurcation), ..."

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