bipolar

adjective

bi·​po·​lar (ˌ)bī-ˈpō-lər How to pronounce bipolar (audio)
1
: having or marked by two mutually repellent forces or diametrically opposed natures or views
2
a
: 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
bipolarity noun
bipolarize transitive verb

Examples of bipolar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Miller told police he had been diagnosed with bipolar, schizophrenia, depression and anxiety, according to the court documents. The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 The documents note that seven tablets of his bipolar medication, as well as pills for his diabetes and hypothyroidism, were sent to the housing unit. Journal Sentinel, 31 Jan. 2024 Even though his character is prone to questionable choices, Cameron Monaghan's honest portrayal of a gay, bipolar teenager won him much acclaim. Huntley Woods, EW.com, 13 Nov. 2023 Toyota wants to combine its bipolar electrode structure with a high percentage of nickel in the cathode to create a pack with extremely long range—up to 621 miles (1,000 km). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 19 Sep. 2023 In it, Maria Paz, an undocumented Mexican immigrant looking after her bipolar sister, becomes a fugitive after being falsely accused of murder. John Hopewell, Variety, 23 Jan. 2024 For example, only 14 percent of Indians expect a bipolar world in ten years in which they might be forced to choose between Chinese- and U.S.-dominated blocs. Mark Leonard, Foreign Affairs, 8 Jan. 2024 Her bipolar manic periods felt like an ecstatic embrace of the world. Katie Engelhart, New York Times, 3 Jan. 2024 The bipolar design refers to a current collector that is shared by both a cathode and anode. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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The first known use of bipolar was in 1806

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Cite this Entry

“Bipolar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bipolar. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

bipolar

adjective
bi·​po·​lar
(ˌ)bī-ˈpō-lər
1
: having or involving two poles
2
: having or marked by two mutually repellent forces or wholly opposed natures or views
3
: being, characteristic of, or affected with a bipolar disorder
bipolarity
ˌbī-​pō-​ˈler-​ə-​tē
noun

Medical Definition

bipolar

1 of 2 adjective
bi·​po·​lar
(ˈ)bī-ˈpō-lər
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

bipolar

2 of 2 noun
: a person affected with bipolar disorder

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