- suffering from bipolar disorder.
- a person suffering from this disorder.
Origin of manic-depressive
First recorded in 1900–05
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Saint Laurent was at his best a genius, and at his worst a manic-depressive genius.Remembering YSL's Muse
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Aye, prodigious—and dangerous in his manic-depressive state.Walls of Acid
The cases in this family seem all to be instances of manic-depressive insanity.Being Well-Born
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Occasionally it shows, superficially, a similarity to the manic-depressive type.
Such is our view of the etiology of manic-depressive insanity as a whole.
In most manic-depressive psychoses visits of relations have a bad effect.
- 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 disorderCompare cyclothymia
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- Of, relating to, or affected by bipolar disorder.
- A person who is afflicted with bipolar disorder.
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