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dipsomania

[ dip-suh-mey-nee-uh, -soh- ]
/ ˌdɪp səˈmeɪ ni ə, -soʊ- /
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noun

(no longer in technical use) an irresistible, typically periodic craving for alcoholic drinks.

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Origin of dipsomania

First recorded in 1835–45; from New Latin, from Greek díps(a) “thirst” + -o- connecting vowel + manía “enthusiasm (for)”; see origin at -o- -mania
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British Dictionary definitions for dipsomania

dipsomania
/ (ˌdɪpsəʊˈmeɪnɪə) /

noun

a compulsive desire to drink alcoholic beverages
C19: New Latin, from Greek dipsa thirst + -mania
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Medical definitions for dipsomania

dipsomania
[ dĭp′sə-mānē-ə, -mānyə ]

n.

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