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bifurcation

Definition of Bifurcation

(noun) In reference to kinship, it is the distinction between the father’s and mother’s sides of the family.

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Bifurcation Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: bi·fur·ca·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /bie-fuhr-kAY-shuhn/
  • British English – /bie-fuh-kAY-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌbaɪfərˈkeɪʃən/
  • British English – /ˌbaɪfɜːˈkeɪʃən/

Usage Note

  • Plural: bifurcations

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Works Consulted

Carrabine, Eamonn, Pam Cox, Maggy Lee, Ken Plummer, and Nigel South. 2009. Criminology: A Sociological Introduction. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.

Cite the Definition of Bifurcation

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “bifurcation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2020 (http://sociologydictionary.org/bifurcation/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

bifurcation. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/bifurcation/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “bifurcation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2020. http://sociologydictionary.org/bifurcation/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“bifurcation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 5 Jun. 2020. <http://sociologydictionary.org/bifurcation/>.