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

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Jan 9, 2016

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.

Here,