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nymphomania

[nim-fuh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh]
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noun Pathology.
  1. abnormally excessive and uncontrollable sexual desire in women.
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Origin of nymphomania

1790–1800; < Greek nympho- (see nymph, -o-) + -mania
Related formsnym·pho·ma·ni·ac [nim-fuh-mey-nee-ak] /ˌnɪm fəˈmeɪ niˌæk/, noun, adjective
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  • In exceptional cases it may even reach the intensity of nymphomania.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson

  • Mother hysterical, with nymphomania, and deafness due to chronic otitis.

    The Criminal

    Havelock Ellis

  • It is a disease which corresponds to satyriasis in men, and what I said of satyriasis applies with equal force to nymphomania.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson

  • It is well known that, while satyriasis is rare, nymphomania is comparatively common.

  • Wichmann states that pollutions are most common in spring (being perhaps the first to make that statement), and also nymphomania.


British Dictionary definitions for nymphomania

nymphomania

noun
  1. a neurotic condition in women in which the symptoms are a compulsion to have sexual intercourse with as many men as possible and an inability to have lasting relationships with themCompare satyriasis
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Derived Formsnymphomaniac, noun, adjectivenymphomaniacal (ˌnɪmfəʊməˈnaɪəkəl), adjective

Word Origin

C18: New Latin, from Greek numphē nymph + -mania
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Word Origin and History for nymphomania

n.

1775, in English translation of "Nymphomania, or a Dissertation Concerning the Furor Uterinus," by French doctor M.D.T. Bienville, coined from Greek nymphe "bride" (see nymph) + mania "madness" (see mania). Perhaps influenced by earlier French nymphomanie. Defined as "a female disease characterized by morbid and uncontrollable sexual desire." Cf. also nympholepsy.

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nymphomania in Medicine

nymphomania

(nĭm′fə-mānē-ə, -mānyə)
n.
  1. A disorder in which a woman exhibits extreme or obsessive desire for sexual stimulation or gratification.
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Related formsnym′pho•mani•ac′ (-nē-ăk′) adj. n.nym′pho•ma•nia•cal (-mə-nīə-kəl) adj.
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nymphomania in Culture

nymphomania

[(nim-fuh-may-nee-uh)]

The presence in women of abnormally powerful sexual desires.

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