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[muhl-tee-poh-ler, muhl-tahy-] /ˌmʌl tiˈpoʊ lər, ˌmʌl taɪ-/
having several or many poles.
(of nerve cells) having more than two dendrites.
Origin of multipolar
1855-60; multi- + polar
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[muhl-tee-poh-lar-i-tee, -puh-, muhl-tahy-] /ˌmʌl ti poʊˈlær ɪ ti, -pə-, ˌmʌl taɪ-/ (Show IPA),
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Examples from the web for multipolar
  • It may be multipolar, but even that doesn't seem to encapsulate it all.
  • Small multipolar cell, in which the axon quickly divides into numerous branches.
  • The nerve cells are multipolar, and vary greatly in size and shape.
  • The axons arise from large pigmented multipolar cells.
  • It is time to consider a new national security act-one more appropriate for a multipolar world.
  • But that multipolar dynamic actually makes transatlantic cooperation more, not less, important.
  • The second thesis concerns the concept of stability or order in a bipolar world and a multipolar one.
  • He thinks the crisis will accelerate the shift to a multipolar currency system, but that the dollar will not collapse.
  • Whether the leaders of this multipolar world will rub along or bash elbows remains to be seen.
  • It is not an encouraging precedent for a new multipolar world order.
Word Origin and History for multipolar

also multi-polar, 1859, from multi- + polar. Related: Multipolarity.

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multipolar in Medicine

multipolar mul·ti·po·lar (mŭl'tĭ-pō'lər)
Having more than two poles. Used of a nerve cell that has branches that project from several points.

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