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split

(split),
1. To cleave or break.
2. Any condition involving cleavage or bifurcation.

split

(splĭt) [D. splitten, to divide]
1. A longitudinal fissure.
2. Characterized by a deep fissure.

split

divided.

split estrus
occurs in bitches, especially during the first heat. Early signs do not proceed and the bitch is not mated but comes on heat 6 weeks later but is likely to be infertile. Occurs sporadically also in most other species.
split fats
fats which have been split into fatty acids and glycerol by digestion. A preponderance of split fats over neutral fats in the feces suggests that the supply of lipase is adequate and that any steatorrhea that is present is probably due to malabsorption rather than maldigestion.
split genes
genes which contain coding segments (exons) interrupted by non-coding segments (introns); found in eukaryotes but not in prokaryotes.
split hand deformity
split tongue
may be congenital or the result of injury to the tongue.
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If your spouse wants a dog but Easter has you begging for a bunny and you'd rather not split hairs over hares, consider Steven.
These short-sighted opponents of progress split hairs over the costs and benefits when it is clear that this nation's railway network is in desperate need of visionary redevelopment and that this country is in desperate need of projects that will make us proud, and will put skilled men and women to work.
In not confirming a run for lieutenant governor, Naughton wrote he is "not trying to split hairs or play with language here," and would notify The Item and his local constituents "if and when" he was prepared to make a formal announcement.
To split hairs between statutory underpinning and statutory regulation is not an acceptable distinction in a free and democratic country.
MONKEY BUTLER: Actually it's a chimpanzee but let''s not split hairs
In fact, the children of 2012 aren't afraid to split hairs to get their own way.