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polarity

 [po-lar´ĭ-te]
the condition of having poles or of exhibiting opposite effects at the two extremities.

po·lar·i·ty

(pō-lar'i-tē),
1. The property of having two opposite poles, as that possessed by a magnet.
2. The possession of opposite properties or characteristics.
3. The direction or orientation of positivity relative to negativity.
4. The direction along a polynucleotide chain, or any biopolymer or macrostructure (for example, microtubules).
5. With respect to solvents, ionizing power.
6. The tendency of an organism to develop differentially along an axis.
[Mod. L. polaris, polar]

polarity

/po·lar·i·ty/ (pah-lar´ĭ-te) the condition of having poles or of exhibiting opposite effects at the two extremities.

polarity

[pōler′itē]
Etymology: L, polus
1 the existence or manifestation of opposing qualities, tendencies, or emotions, such as pleasure and pain, love and hate, strength and weakness, dependence and independence, and masculinity and femininity. The concept is central to various psychotherapeutic approaches, such as client-centered therapy, in which the key to self-actualization lies in accepting polarity within oneself.
2 (in physics) the distinction between a negative and a positive electric charge.

polarity therapy

Fringe medicine
A system of healthcare developed in the 1920s by an Austrian-American holistic doctor, Randolph Stone, who was a chiropractor, osteopath and naturopath. Stone’s system is based on the belief that the life forces controlling a person’s physical and emotional well-being can be blocked by poor habits and diet; good health depends on restoring a balance, or polarity, of the life forces, by promoting the body’s natural self-healing capabilities.

Each body region is said to have positive (+),negative (-) or null (0) energy. Polarity therapy involves five basic elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth) that affect five distinct energy centres. Four techniques are used to restore polarity: therapeutic touch or bodywork, enhancing awareness, diet (liver flush drink, “live foods”, i.e., fruits and vegetables) and stretching exercises. 

Polarity therapy energy centres 
• Air centre—Cardiorespiratory system.
• Earth centre—Rectum and bladder, which eliminate solids and liquids.
• Ether centre—Voice, ears, throat.
• Fire centre—Eyes, GI tract, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, spleen, sympathetic nervous system.
• Water centre—Pelvic and endocrine secretions, which control generative and emotional forces.

po·lar·i·ty

(pō-lar'i-tē)
1. The property of having two opposite poles, as that possessed by a magnet.
2. The possession of opposite properties or characteristics.
3. The direction or orientation of positivity relative to negativity.
4. The direction along a polynucleotide chain, or any biopolymer, or macro structure (e.g., microtubules).
[Mod. L. polaris, polar]

polarity

the morphological and/or physiological difference between the two ends of an axis, such as root and stem.

polarity

in the context of rotation, one method of signifying the direction of rotational movements. Anticlockwise is usually positive, clockwise is negative.

polarity

orientation of positivity in relation to negativity, e.g. nerve/muscle cell intra- and extramembrane ion concentration

polarity,

n an eclectic, holistic therapy developed by Randolph Stone, based on traditional Asian health care systems. The polarity practitioner determines the energy imbalance in an individual and restores balance to the energy poles in the body with gentle techniques including gentle rocking, stretching, and touch.

polarity

the condition of having poles or of exhibiting opposite effects at the two extremities.

cell polarity
a feature of epithelial cells which defines an apical surface facing the outside which is separated by a tight junction from the basolateral surface.
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Earlier in his career, his hospital and university research was the first to link neurological and ear disorders to cell polarity and nutritional deficits (Journal of the American Audiology Society, 1975:2; Journal of Applied Nutrition, 1988:40; Journal of Medical Audiology 1983:5; International Journal of Holistic Health and Medicine 1893:1).
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They have determined that Eya1, a protein phosphatase, controls cell polarity, cell fate and self-renewal in the mouse embryonic lung epithelial stem cells.
Yeast formins regulate cell polarity by controlling the assembly of actin cables.
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The tumor had a mostly glandular/tubular growth pattern with ragged luminal borders, loss of cell polarity, abundant cytoplasm, and areas with a hobnail appearance.
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A full discussion of the mechanisms underlying cell polarity and the genes involved in it is beyond the scope of this review, but some details are relevant for our discussion of adhesive complexes.
Cellular proteins exhibiting PDZ domains fulfill widespread biological functions, including cell-to-cell contact, intercellular signaling, and cell polarity.