bi-, bin-, bino-, bis-
This bi- is used before s, c, or a vowel. Don't confuse this bi- with another one which means "life".
All words except biennial referring to periods of time and prefixed by bi- are potentially ambiguous. Since bi- can be taken to mean either "twice each" or "every two", a word like "biweekly" can be understood as "twice each week" or "every two weeks".
Having two distinct phases.
1. A long sleep period at night and a "nap" in the afternoon.
2. Having two distinct phases of sleep.
Constituting, consisting of, or standing for two phonemes.
A two-legged support or structure; especially, one for a light machine-gun.
bipolar electrocardiogram (s) (noun)
, bipolar electrocardiograms (pl)
An electronic instrument which obtains information by recording the differences in the voltages of two electrodes at different sites or parts of the surfaces of a body.
bipolar electrocautery (s) (noun)
, bipolar electrocauteries (pl)
An surgical dissection in which both active and return electrodes are incorporated into a single hand-held instrument, so that the current passes between the tips of the two electrodes and affects only a small amount of tissue.
bipolar needle electron (s) (noun)
, bipolar needle electrons (pl)
An electrode consisting of two insulated wires inside a single cylinder with neither one acting as the reference electrode.
Variations in voltage can be noted between the areas that the wires touch.
bipolar stimulating electrode (s) (noun)
, bipolar stimulating electrodes (pl)
An electrode which has the two terminals attached together and near each other.
1. An unsweetened bread in the shape of a small cake, made with a generous amount of shortening and leavened with baking powder or baking soda instead of yeast.
2. In British English, a biscuit is a small flat cake that is crisp and usually sweet; while the usual American word is "cookie".
3. Clay or porcelain that has been fired once but not glazed.