a combining form of mania (megalomania); extended to mean “enthusiasm, often of an extreme and transient nature,” for that specified by the initial element (bibliomania).

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British Dictionary definitions for -mania


n combining form

indicating extreme desire or pleasure of a specified kind or an abnormal excitement aroused by somethingkleptomania; nymphomania; pyromania

Derived forms of -mania

-maniac, adj combining form, n combining form

Word Origin for -mania

from mania
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Medical definitions for -mania



An abnormal compulsion or an extreme love for:pyromania.
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