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n. pl. tri·chot·o·mies
1. Division into three parts or elements.
2. A system based on three parts or elements, especially the theological description of humans as consisting of body, soul, and spirit.
[New Latin trichotomia : Greek trikha, in three parts; see trei- in Indo-European roots + New Latin -tomia, -tomy.]
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n, pl -mies
1. division into three categories
2. (Theology) theol the division of man into body, spirit, and soul
[C17: probably from New Latin trichotomia, from Greek trikhotomein to divide into three, from trikha triple + temnein to cut]
trichotomic, triˈchotomous adj
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tri•chot•o•my(trɪˈkɒt ə mi)
n., pl. -mies.
division into three parts, classes, elements, etc.
[1600–10; < New Latin trichotomia < Greek trích(a) in three parts + -o- -o- + New Latin -tomia -tomy]
trich•o•tom•ic (ˌtrɪk əˈtɒm ɪk) tri•chot′o•mous, adj.
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division into three parts, especially the theological division of man’s nature into the body, the soul, and the spirit. — trichotomic, trichotomous. adj.See also: Theology
division into three parts, especially the theological division of man’s nature into the body, the soul, and the spirit. — trichotomic, trichtomous, adj.See also: Classification
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