cy·​clo·​thy·​mic | \ ˌsī-klə-ˈthī-mik How to pronounce cyclothymic (audio) \

Definition of cyclothymic

: relating to or being a mood disorder characterized by alternating episodes of depression and elation in a form less severe than that of bipolar disorder

Other Words from cyclothymic

cyclothymia \ ˌsī-​klə-​ˈthī-​mē-​ə How to pronounce cyclothymic (audio) \ noun

Examples of cyclothymic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That means there’s not enough research on medications that can best treat cyclothymic disorder or unspecified bipolar disorder. Ashley Abramson, SELF, 11 Feb. 2022 Like other types of bipolar disorder, a cyclothymic disorder diagnosis requires specific criteria. Ashley Abramson, SELF, 28 Oct. 2021 Although the symptoms don’t meet the diagnostic requirements for hypomanic and depressive episodes, having cyclothymic disorder increases a person’s risk of developing bipolar disorder. Korin Miller, SELF, 3 Oct. 2018 Those with cyclothymic disorder, however, have episodes that are mild or moderate and don't meet the criteria for a full manic or depressive episode. Carolyn Todd, SELF, 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of cyclothymic

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cyclothymic

New Latin cyclothymia (from German Zyklothymie, from zykl- cycl- + -thymie -thymia) + English -ic

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cy·​clo·​thy·​mic | \ -ˈthī-mik How to pronounce cyclothymic (audio) \

Medical Definition of cyclothymic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to, having, or being a mood disorder characterized by alternating short episodes of depression and hypomania in a form less severe than that of bipolar disorder — compare cycloid



Medical Definition of cyclothymic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a cyclothymic individual


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