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unipolar

[yoo-nuh-poh-ler] /ˌyu nəˈpoʊ lər/
adjective
1.
Also, homopolar. Physics. having or pertaining to a single magnetic or electric pole.
2.
Anatomy. of or relating to a nerve cell in spinal and cranial ganglia in which the incoming and outgoing processes fuse outside the cell body.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; uni- + polar
Related forms
unipolarity
[yoo-nuh-poh-lar-i-tee, -puh-] /ˌyu nə poʊˈlær ɪ ti, -pə-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • Are not disorder such as bipolar and unipolar depression diseases with an onset around or after teenage years.
  • It is a deep rooted signal of unipolar depression, with an inability to exert dominance, but only in a negative style.
  • The world however remain unipolar and there are no alternatives.
  • The approach to climate change policy will never be unipolar.
British Dictionary definitions for unipolar

unipolar

/ˌjuːnɪˈpəʊlə/
adjective
1.
of, concerned with, or having a single magnetic or electric pole
2.
(of a nerve cell) having a single process
3.
(of a transistor) utilizing charge carriers of one polarity only, as in a field-effect transistor
4.
(of nervous depression) occurring without accompanying bouts of mania
5.
dominated by one superpower, esp the United States See bipolar
Derived Forms
unipolarity (ˌjuːnɪpəʊˈlærɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for unipolar
adj.

1812, from uni- + polar.

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unipolar in Medicine

unipolar u·ni·po·lar (yōō'nĭ-pō'lər)
n.

  1. Having a single fibrous process. Used of a neuron.

  2. Situated at only one extremity of a cell.


u'ni·po·lar'i·ty (-pō-lār'ĭ-tē, -pə-) n.
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