dichotomous
adjective Etymology: Late Latin dichotomos, from Greek, from dich- + temnein to cut — more at tome Date: 1752 1. dividing into two parts 2. relating to, involving, or proceeding from dichotomydichotomously adverbdichotomousness noun

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  • Dichotomous — Di*chot o*mous, a. [L. dichotomos, Gr. ?; ? in two, asunder + diate mnein to cut.] Regularly dividing by pairs from bottom to top; as, a dichotomous stem. {Di*chot o*mous*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dichotomous — index bipartite Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • dichotomous — adjective /daɪˈkɒt.ə.məs,daɪˈkɑːt.ə.məs/ Dividing or branching into two pieces. Genus Riccia L. Plants are thalloid, forming rosettes or loose, dichotomous patches. Syn: bipartite, forked See Also: dichotomously, dichotomy …   Wiktionary

  • dichotomous — Denoting or characterized by dichotomy. SYN: dichotic (1). * * * di·chot·o·mous dī kät ə məsalso də adj dividing into two parts <dichotomous branching> di·chot·o·mous·ly adv * * * di·chot·o·mous (di kotґə məs) pertaining to or… …   Medical dictionary

  • dichotomous — dichotomy ► NOUN (pl. dichotomies) ▪ a separation or contrast between two things. DERIVATIVES dichotomous adjective. ORIGIN Greek dikhotomia a cutting in two …   English terms dictionary

  • dichotomous — adj. [Gr. dicha, in two; temnein, to cut] Divided or dividing into two parts; successive bifurcation; two forked …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • dichotomous — dichotomously, adv. dichotomousness, n. /di kot euh meuhs/, adj. 1. divided or dividing into two parts. 2. of or pertaining to dichotomy. [1680 90; < LL dichotomos < Gk dichótomos. See DICHO , TOME, OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • dichotomous — adj. dividing into two parts; divided into two parts …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dichotomous —   Branching into two equal parts, e.g. the forked branching of Cycas elongata stems, Cycas bifida leaflets, or Cycas segmentifida megasporophyll lobes; also used in reference to branching patterns in dendrograms …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

  • dichotomous — di·chot·o·mous …   English syllables

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