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manic-depressive

[man-ik-di-pres-iv]Psychiatry.
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adjective
  1. suffering from bipolar disorder.
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noun
  1. a person suffering from this disorder.
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Origin of manic-depressive

First recorded in 1900–05
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for manic-depressive

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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

  • Occasionally it shows, superficially, a similarity to the manic-depressive type.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • Such is our view of the etiology of manic-depressive insanity as a whole.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • In most manic-depressive psychoses visits of relations have a bad effect.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch


British Dictionary definitions for manic-depressive

manic-depressive

adjective
  1. 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)
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noun
  1. a person afflicted with this disorderCompare cyclothymia
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manic-depressive in Medicine

manic-depressive

adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or affected by bipolar disorder.
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n.
  1. A person who is afflicted with bipolar disorder.
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