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adjective Electricity.
  1. having two phases; two-phase.
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Also di·phas·ic [dahy-fey-zik] /daɪˈfeɪ zɪk/.

Origin of diphase

First recorded in 1895–1900; di-1 + phase
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Examples from the Web for diphasic

Historical Examples

  • Successive stimulation converts the pure positive into diphasic and ultimately into normal negative response.

    Life Movements in Plants

    Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose

  • (b) The amplitude of vibration of B is now slightly reduced, and we obtain the diphasic effect.

  • The positive followed by the negative thus gives rise to a diphasic response.

British Dictionary definitions for diphasic


  1. zoology (of parasites) having a free active stage in the life cycle
  2. physics another word for diphase
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adjective physics
  1. of, having, or concerned with two phases
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diphasic in Medicine


  1. Having two phases or stages.
  2. Of or being a disorder marked by two distinct phases, such as bipolar disorder.
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