manic-depressive

adjective

man·​ic-de·​pres·​sive ˌma-nik-di-ˈpre-siv How to pronounce manic-depressive (audio)
: characterized by or affected with either mania or depression or alternating mania and depression (as in bipolar disorder)
manic-depressive noun

Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of manic-depressive was in 1902

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Cite this Entry

“Manic-depressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manic-depressive. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

manic-depressive 1 of 2

adjective

man·​ic-de·​pres·​sive ˌman-ik-di-ˈpres-iv How to pronounce manic-depressive (audio)
: characterized by or affected with either mania or depression or alternating mania and depression (as in bipolar disorder)

manic-depressive

2 of 2

noun

: a manic-depressive individual
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