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[man-ik-di-pres-iv] /ˈmæn ɪk dɪˈprɛs ɪv/ Psychiatry.
suffering from bipolar disorder.
a person suffering from this disorder.
Origin of manic-depressive
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Aye, prodigious—and dangerous in his manic-depressive state.

    Walls of Acid Henry Hasse
  • The cases in this family seem all to be instances of manic-depressive insanity.

    Being Well-Born Michael F. Guyer
  • Such is our view of the etiology of manic-depressive insanity as a whole.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • Occasionally it shows, superficially, a similarity to the manic-depressive type.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • A book on "the psychology of manic-depressive insanity" will shortly appear by the editor.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • Great difficulties are also met with in the manic-depressive group proper.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • In most manic-depressive psychoses visits of relations have a bad effect.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • This brings us to a form of insanity which the obsessive may well bear in mind, namely, that known as manic-depressive.

    Why Worry? George Lincoln Walton, M.D.
  • Kraepelin laid the foundations for systematic classification with his dementia prcox and manic-depressive groups.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
British Dictionary definitions for manic-depressive


denoting a mental disorder characterized either by an alternation between extreme euphoria and deep depression (bipolar manic-depressive disorder or syndrome) or by depression on its own or (rarely) by elation on its own (unipolar disorder)
a person afflicted with this disorder Compare cyclothymia
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manic-depressive in Medicine

manic-depressive adj.
Of, relating to, or affected by manic-depressive illness. n.
A person afflicted with manic-depressive illness.

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