bi·​po·​lar | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈpō-lər How to pronounce bipolar (audio) \

Definition of bipolar

1 : having or marked by two mutually repellent forces or diametrically opposed natures or views
2a : having or involving the use of two poles or polarities bipolar generators bipolar ECG leads
b electronics : relating to, being, or using a transistor in which both electrons and holes (see hole entry 1 sense 1b(3)) are utilized as charge carriers (see carrier sense 2e)
3 : relating to, associated with, or occurring in both polar (see polar entry 1 sense 1a) regions bipolar species of birds
4 psychology : being, characteristic of, or affected with a bipolar disorder bipolar patients

Other Words from bipolar

bipolarity \ ˌbī-​pō-​ˈler-​ə-​tē How to pronounce bipolar (audio) , -​ˈla-​rə-​ \ noun
bipolarization \ (ˌ)bī-​ˌpō-​lə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce bipolar (audio) \ noun
bipolarize \ (ˌ)bī-​ˈpō-​lə-​ˌrīz How to pronounce bipolar (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of bipolar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For instance, individuals who harbor strong feelings of disconnection or isolation are more likely to be diagnosed with eating disorders, bipolar personality disorder, and/or depression. Mark Travers, Forbes, 15 Mar. 2022 For diagnosis, symptoms associated with both bipolar and borderline personality disorder must be met., 10 Mar. 2022 Her maternal grandfather, a bipolar Texas Lothario who was married at least 10 times, was shot in the stomach by one of his wives, and her maternal great-grandfather killed a man with a hay hook. Mary Ann Gwinn, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2022 Psychedelics can be destabilizing for people who’ve had psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, and potentially for people with bipolar or borderline personality disorder. Olivia Goldhill, STAT, 10 Mar. 2022 Or the openly bipolar billionaire whose run for president felt more like a box to check on a list of Ultimate Hubris moments than anything even half-seriously intended? Chris Willman, Variety, 23 Jan. 2022 Bipolar disorder symptoms can range in severity and duration depending on the type of bipolar someone has. Ashley Abramson,, 2 Nov. 2021 The idea for Wondermind was born during an interview Teefey and Gomez (who has been open about her bipolar diagnosis) did with Newsette founder and CEO Daniella Pierson. Brianne Tracy,, 22 Dec. 2021 Foster, who received a bipolar diagnosis in about 2010, was pronounced dead on arrival. al, 8 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bipolar

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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bi·​po·​lar | \ (ˈ)bī-ˈpō-lər \

Medical Definition of bipolar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : involving or being electrodes or leads attached to two different bodily sites (such as the arms and legs) for recording the difference in electrical potential between the two sites bipolar encephalograph leads
2 of a neuron : having an efferent and an afferent process
3 : being, characteristic of, or affected with a bipolar disorder bipolar depression bipolar patients — compare unipolar



Medical Definition of bipolar (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person affected with bipolar disorder

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