# What is the difference between a bisector and a perpendicular bisector?

A (segment) bisector is any segment, line, or ray that splits another segment into two congruent parts.

For example, in the picture, if

A perpendicular bisector is a special, more specific form of a segment bisector. In addition to splitting another segment into two equal parts, it also forms a right angle (90˚) with said segment.

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A bisector divides an angle or a line segment into two equal parts. A perpendicular bisector is a specific type of bisector that not only divides a line segment into two equal parts but also intersects it at a right angle (90 degrees).

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