noun (1)
\ ˌī-(ˌ)pē-ˈā How to pronounce IPA (audio) \
plural IPAs

Definition of IPA

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a pale ale made with extra hops : india pale ale American beers, especially IPAs, are still quite hoppy…— Lauren Buzzeo


noun (2)
\ ˌī-(ˌ)pē-ˈā How to pronounce IPA (audio) \

Definition of IPA (Entry 2 of 3)

: an alphabet designed to represent each human speech sound with a unique symbol

Definition of IPA (Entry 3 of 3)

individual practice association

First Known Use of IPA

Noun (1)

1893, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1933, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for IPA

Noun (1)

India Pale Ale

Noun (2)

International Phonetic Alphabet

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“IPA.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/IPA. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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Medical Definition of IPA

independent practice association; individual practice association

Note: An independent practice association is made up of a group of physicians in private practice who join in an association that contracts with a managed health-care plan (as an HMO) to provide medical services to patients enrolled in the plan.

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