dipsomania

[dip-suh-mey-nee-uh, -soh-]

noun

an irresistible, typically periodic craving for alcoholic drink.

Nearby words

  1. dipsacaceous,
  2. dipsesis,
  3. dipshit,
  4. dipso,
  5. dipsogen,
  6. dipsomaniac,
  7. dipsomaniacal,
  8. dipsosis,
  9. dipsotherapy,
  10. dipstick

Origin of dipsomania

1835–45; < New Latin < Greek díps(a) thirst + -o- -o- + manía -mania

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British Dictionary definitions for dipsomania

dipsomania

noun

a compulsive desire to drink alcoholic beverages

Word Origin for dipsomania

C19: New Latin, from Greek dipsa thirst + -mania

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Word Origin and History for dipsomania

dipsomania

n.

1843, "morbid craving for alcohol," coined in medical Latin from Greek dipsa "thirst" (of unknown origin) + mania.

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Medicine definitions for dipsomania

dipsomania

[dĭp′sə-mānē-ə, -mānyə]

n.

An insatiable craving for alcoholic beverages.
Related formsdip′so•mani•ac (-ăk′) adj. n.dip′so•ma•nia•cal (-mə-nīə-kəl) adj.


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