[ muhl-tee-poh-ler, muhl-tahy- ]
/ ˌmʌl tiˈpoʊ lər, ˌmʌl taɪ- /


having several or many poles.
(of nerve cells) having more than two dendrites.

Nearby words

  1. multiplicity,
  2. multiplier,
  3. multiplier effect,
  4. multiply,
  5. multiply-connected,
  6. multipolar cell,
  7. multipolar neuron,
  8. multiport,
  9. multipotent,
  10. multipotential

Origin of multipolar

First recorded in 1855–60; multi- + polar

Related formsmul·ti·po·lar·i·ty [muhl-tee-poh-lar-i-tee, -puh-, muhl-tahy-] /ˌmʌl ti poʊˈlær ɪ ti, -pə-, ˌmʌl taɪ-/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for multipolar



also multi-polar, 1859, from multi- + polar. Related: Multipolarity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for multipolar


[ mŭl′tĭ-pōlər ]


Having more than two poles. Used of a nerve cell that has branches that project from several points.

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