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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There were no tools or help to work with someone with bipolar or even addiction back then. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Wife of Late Surf Legend Andy Irons Opens Up About His Struggles with Mental Health," 31 May 2018 The 39-year-old mother was diagnosed as bipolar and hospitalized four times. Lini S. Kadaba, Philly.com, "Fighting the stigma of mental illness, one brave story at a time," 31 May 2018 Actress Carrie Fisher was praised for her candidness about her struggles with bipolar before her death in 2016. NBC News, "Why does it take so long to diagnose bipolar disorder?," 11 Apr. 2018 The essay collection tracks the author’s affliction—she has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type—but also discusses the limitations of diagnosis, the mixed blessing that labelling an affliction entails. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019: 19 Picks You Should Have on Your Reading List," 1 Jan. 2019 Children and adolescents with bipolar disorder also often have co-occurring mental or behavioral health conditions, like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder ADHD, that make teasing out a bipolar diagnosis trickier. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "14 Facts About Bipolar Disorder That Everyone Should Know," 27 Sep. 2018 Lovato has been open about her struggles for years — candidly discussing her drug and alcohol addictions, bipolar diagnosis, and cutting. Fox News, "Demi Lovato reportedly surrounded herself with enablers prior to overdose," 5 Aug. 2018 For those who have any sort of bipolar or psychosis history, there is the possibility of overstimulation. Simone Kitchens, The Cut, "Microdosing’s Micromoment," 3 May 2018 At 17, Halsey herself was diagnosed as bipolar after attempting suicide by overdosing on painkillers. Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire, "How Did Halsey Get Here?," 13 July 2018

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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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