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Pronunciation: po-lar'i-te


  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 (microtubules).
  5. With respect to solvents, ionizing power.
  6. The tendency of an organism to develop differentially along an axis.

[Mod. L. polaris, polar]

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