1. Having or consisting of two parts.
a. Having two corresponding parts, one for each party: a bipartite contract.
b. Having two participants; joint: a bipartite agreement.
3. Botany Divided into two portions almost to the base, as certain leaves.
[Latin bipartītus, past participle of bipartīre, to divide into two parts : bi-, two; see BI-1 + partīre, to part (from pars, part-, a share; see perə-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
bi′par·tition (-tĭshən) n.
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