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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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 Kim says that there were conflicting assessments from doctors and that Kanye has once again accepted the bipolar diagnosis. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "The Awakening of Kim Kardashian West," 10 Apr. 2019 Most of the time, these tires—kit with the track package ($2,995), along with rear wing and front carbon-fiber splitter—made driving the ZR1 like wrestling a giant bipolar eel: powerful, slippery, hard to get a grip. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Corvette ZR1: The Last, and Best, of Its Kind," 28 Nov. 2018 Josh is an awkward, endearing, and tall gay man caring for his mother, who is bipolar and has suicidal tendencies — all of which adds some gentle drama. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Binge-worthy shows just right for summer," 23 June 2019 Rafter has a history of mental illness, and was previously diagnosed as bipolar and manic depressive, Thomas said. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Brooklyn's ALDIs announces 3,000-square-foot addition to Tiedeman Road store," 8 Jan. 2018 Extreme stress, sleep disruption and drugs or alcohol can also trigger episodes in patients vulnerable to bipolar II. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "After Mariah Carey's Diagnosis: What Is Bipolar II Disorder?," 11 Apr. 2018 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

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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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