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unipolar

 [u″nĭ-po´lar]
having but a single pole or process, as a nerve cell.
pertaining to mood disorders in which only depressive episodes occur.
unipolar disorders depressive disorders.

u·ni·po·lar

(yū'ni-pō'lăr),
1. Having but one pole; denoting a nerve cell from which the branches project from one side only.
2. Situated at one extremity only of a cell.

unipolar

/uni·po·lar/ (u″nĭ-po´ler)
1. having a single pole or process, as a nerve cell.
2. pertaining to mood disorders in which only depressive episodes occur.

unipolar

(yo͞o′nĭ-pō′lər)
adj.
1. Having, acting by means of, or produced by a single magnetic or electric pole.
2. Biology Having a single fibrous process. Used of a neuron.
3. Medicine Relating to or being a mood disorder that includes depression and not mania or hypomania.

u′ni·po·lar′i·ty (-pō-lăr′ĭ-tē) n.

unipolar

[-pō′lər]
Etymology: L, unus, one, polus
pertaining to a nerve cell with only one pole, such as a nerve cell in which the axon and dendrite are fused into a single process a short distance from the cell body.
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Unipolar neuron

uni·po·lar

(yū'ni-pō'lăr)
1. Having but one pole; denoting a nerve cell from which the branches project from one side only.
2. Situated at one extremity only of a cell.

unipolar

Having one pole or process as in the case of a nerve cell with one AXON. As applied to an electrode, the term is something of a misnomer. A second electrode is needed to complete the circuit, but this is often attached at a remote point from the point of application of the electrode.

unipolar

having a single pole or process, as a nerve cell.

Patient discussion about unipolar

Q. Bipolar depression And Unipolar depression Is bipolar depression different from unipolar depression?

A. Yes. These are two different disorders that are distinct in many ways: bipolar appears earlier (20's compared to middle aged), males and females are affected equally (depression is more prevalent among women), family tendency (more pronounced in bipolar) etc. The course is also different: bipolar have manic episodes, while depression includes only depressive episodes.

The treatment is also quite different (lithium and stabilizers for bipolar, SSRI for depression)

You may read more here:
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/bipolardisorder.html

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