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

Examples of bipolar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Virgin Voyages partnered with AtmosAir Solutions to retrofit Scarlet Lady with an air purification system that also disinfects air on board by leveraging bipolar ionization technology. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Voyages announces 'Voyage Well' health plan for Scarlet Lady ship," 19 June 2020 Garfield Heights Police Chief Robert Byrne is retiring amid the controversial arrest of a man who is diagnosed with bipolar and schizophrenia disorders. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Garfield Heights Police Chief Robert Byrne retires amid controversy over video of his officers’ violent arrest," 18 June 2020 Within a 1-mile radius of Tipton Park, though, are vestiges of Michael’s bipolar disorder- and drug-fueled alter ego. Dallas News, "Lost promise: A life full of hardship, then hope, senselessly taken," 22 May 2020 It was found that the first-floor woman, 48, had not taken her bipolar medication. cleveland, "Woman may have used car to strike father of her children: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 9 May 2020 Carrie was denied her bipolar medication and has lost some of her memory. Alicia Kortendick, oregonlive, "’Homeland’ final season: How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time," 9 Feb. 2020 Now, his portrayal of a bipolar rap hype man is earning early Emmy buzz. Los Angeles Times, "How a white rapper’s sidekick became a breakout sitcom star — and TV’s unlikeliest role model," 15 Apr. 2020 The standoff has created the impression that automakers have taken sides in a bipolar battle that pits green-leaning carmakers against fossil fuel die-hards. Russ Mitchell,, "The electric Mustang is just the start of Ford’s drive to hit 50 mpg in 6 years," 3 Dec. 2019 Selena Gomez openly discussed her bipolar diagnosis for the first time with Miley Cyrus on her Bright Minded Instagram Live series Friday. Heran Mamo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Selena Gomez Reveals Bipolar Diagnosis," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of bipolar

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Bipolar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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