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 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 Cassidy’s elderly father, James, told the Mercury News in San Jose that his son was bipolar. Time, 29 May 2021 Cassidy’s elderly father, James, told the Mercury News in San Jose that his son was bipolar. NBC News, 29 May 2021 Two examples include the promotion of Neurontin as the sole drug for epileptic seizures — even after the FDA's rejection of solo use — as well as marketing the drug as effective for treating bipolar disease. Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, 20 May 2021 Grodin cultivated a character that remained consistently and endearingly brash, a sort of persnickety, both-sides-of-the-Odd-Couple bipolar personality by turns attention seeking and insult slinging. Samantha Pitchel, Vulture, 18 May 2021 They have been shown to be somewhat effective at reducing recidivism, but which seem to focus on people with schizophrenia, bipolar, major depression or PTSD. Jennifer Sarrett, The Conversation, 7 May 2021 As workplace conversations around mental health become increasingly normalized, more people are sharing their stories of high-functioning depression or experiences living and working on the bipolar spectrum. Garen Staglin, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 Likewise, healthy sleep habits that foster physical homeostasis and more efficient immune system functioning also significantly reduce our risk for depression, anxiety and bipolar illness. Jessica L. Borelli, Scientific American, 7 Apr. 2021 Daylight and fresh air also promote recovery from depression and bipolar disorders. Ryan Hullinger, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of bipolar

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Bipolar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bipolar. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for bipolar

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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