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[muhl-tee-poh-ler, muhl-tahy-]
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  1. having several or many poles.
  2. (of nerve cells) having more than two dendrites.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • In Aeginopsis a planula is formed by multipolar immigration.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2


  • Some dynamos are bipolar, or have two poles, others are multipolar or have more than two.


    Willis Eugene Tower

  • The trolley engine for hauling the bucket along the boom is also direct coupled to a multipolar motor.

  • If the connexion is only with one, the vesicle is called unipolar; if with two, bipolar; if with many, multipolar or stellate.

  • These multipolar motors have a peculiarity which may be often utilized to great advantage.

Word Origin and History for multipolar


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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

multipolar in Medicine


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