bipolar

adjective
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

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Other Words from bipolar

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

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Her bipolar condition would later add another element of uncertainty to the debate over her Parkinson’s-like symptoms. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "In Men, It’s Parkinson’s. In Women, It’s Hysteria.," 23 Aug. 2019 Doctors aren’t entirely sure why people with bipolar or related disorders go through these mood changes. Korin Miller, SELF, "21 Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder You Should Know," 3 Oct. 2018 Mother was bipolar and kept the four of us at each other’s throats through manipulation. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Abuse survivor went through it and is now over it," 21 Aug. 2019 Mother was bipolar and kept the four of us at each other's throats through manipulation. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Abuse survivor went through it and is now over it," 20 Aug. 2019 The protagonist, Dani (Florence Pugh), a psychology student, discovers a terrifying e-mail from her sister, Terri (Klaudia Csányi), who is bipolar. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Midsommar,” Reviewed: Ari Aster’s Backwards Horror Story of an American Couple in Sweden," 8 July 2019 But the gun violence source is rooted in a cultural bipolar insanity. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Violence rooted in cultural bipolar insanity," 7 Aug. 2019 The UC Irvine Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research recently received a $1-million donation to expand a study that uses saliva to monitor lithium levels in patients with bipolar and major depressive disorders. Daily Pilot Staff, latimes.com, "Around Town: OC Brew Hee Haw brings beer and music to fair," 11 July 2019 Meyer said the primary risk factor for psychosis is bipolar mood disorder diagnosis, which is found in 86 percent of mothers diagnosed with the illness. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "'You are not alone': How to identify and get help for postpartum depression," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of bipolar

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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bipolar

adjective
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

bipolar

noun

Medical Definition of bipolar (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person affected with bipolar disorder

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