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 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 Since going public with her diagnosis in 2011, Lovato has been a vocal advocate for the bipolar community. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "What we learned from Demi Lovato’s raw ‘Dancing With the Devil’ docuseries," 26 Mar. 2021 No longer tonally bipolar, the film is one man’s vision, for better or worse. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Snyder Cut Is a Better Version of Justice League. But It Sets a Dangerous Precedent," 15 Mar. 2021 Penna had been treated for mental illnesses since his early teens, including bipolar and personality disorders, Sword & Scale reported. David Schutz,, "‘They focused on the gory details:’ As appeal nears for killer, mother tells Sword & Scale podcast his insanity was dismissed in trial," 8 Mar. 2021 The remaining $7 million was used to replace the courthouse’s HVAC system with one that cleans air through UV light and bipolar ionization. Alicia Fabbre,, "DuPage ready to resume jury trials in March using new COVID-safe courtroom, adding new HVAC system," 25 Feb. 2021 Research has found that lack of sleep increases the risk of a bipolar episode, particularly manias. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Ways to Manage Bipolar Disorder Triggers During COVID-19," 15 Jan. 2021 But fifty years of bipolar swinging and destructive bubbles and busts ought to show that denial not only wrong-headed, but an intolerable insult to citizens’ intelligence. Robert Hockett, Forbes, "‘Building Back Better’ Phase Two – Time Now To Jumpstart Domestic Production," 3 Mar. 2021 Tenants at Zero Irving also have the ability to upgrade their air ventilation systems themselves, providing them the option to install high-grade MERV filters or bipolar ionization systems, according to Levine. Andrew Marquardt, Fortune, "We’re finally getting a glimpse of what the COVID-safe skyscraper will look like," 22 Feb. 2021 Tim Marcia says the Lam family revealed that Elisa Lam had a history of not taking her bipolar medications. Ariana Romero,, "The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel Ending Reveals What Happened To Elisa Lam — & Another Insidious Twist," 11 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of bipolar

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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14 Apr 2021

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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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