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(trī-fûr′kĭt, -kāt′, trī′fər-kāt′) also


Having three forks or branches: trifurcate antennae.

tri′fur·ca′tion n.
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Based on Hoffman's (2008) diagnosis of the Spirostreptini, Namibostreptus is a member of the tribe; the prebasilar plate, telopodite structure and the trifurcate apex resemble those of other member genera.
carbine and is differentiated from it by the trifurcate head of apophysis of the right paramere, the more distally splayed DES, and the less-beaded first antennal segment.
Legs: femur + patella 2.30-2.43 [male], 2.48-2.66 [female] times longer than broad; subterminal tarsal setae trifurcate; arolium longer than claws, not divided.
This molded "trifurcate" simultaneously secures the three tubes to the catheter and provides a consistent seal upon molding.
Maxillary outer lobe trifurcate with 4 stout sublobal hairs and 1 basal seta.
S8 moderately developed, somewhat trifurcate distally (Fig.
Occasionally, the left main artery can trifurcate into the LAD, the LCX, and a third vessel between the LAD and LCX termed the ramus intermedius artery.
Above all, through the confluence of apparently ordinary situations, like the rivulets feeding Walden Pond, which, in turn, resemble the veins of a leaf or the veins of a human hand, Danticat has created an intricate pattern of sign-images, some of which focus on birth, growth, testing, love, death, that at times bifurcate or trifurcate, leading to other sign-images--all of which emanate from personal sources but lead to unlimited possibilities and beyond that to more heart-wrenching limited probabilities and so create a progressive type of semiotics concerning the open-endedness of language.
The final part of this trifurcate text, "Anthony Braxton: Crossroad Axiums," approaches Braxton through implying that his music, and he himself, have been praised for the wrong reasons and often criticized unjustly.
Another motion that defense counsel should consider is to bifurcate or trifurcate the trial.
The MCA branches may bifurcate or sometimes trifurcate into trunks in this segment, which then extend into branches that terminate towards the cortex.