[hahy-puh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh]

noun Psychiatry.

a mania of low intensity.

Nearby words

  1. hypolithic,
  2. hypolydian,
  3. hypolydian mode,
  4. hypomagnesaemia,
  5. hypomagnesemia,
  6. hypomanic,
  7. hypomastia,
  8. hypomelanosis of ito,
  9. hypomenorrhea,
  10. hypomere

Origin of hypomania

First recorded in 1880–85; hypo- + -mania

Related formshy·po·man·ic [hahy-puh-man-ik] /ˌhaɪ pəˈmæn ɪk/, adjective, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for hypomania



psychiatry an abnormal condition of extreme excitement, milder than mania but characterized by great optimism and overactivity and often by reckless spending of money
Derived Formshypomanic (ˌhaɪpəʊˈmænɪk), adjective

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Word Origin and History for hypomania



1843 (as a clinical word from 1882, from German hypomanie); see hypo- + mania. Related: Hypomaniac; hypomanic.

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Medicine definitions for hypomania


[hī′pə-mānē-ə, -mānyə]


A mild, nonpsychotic form of mania, characterized by increased levels of energy, physical activity, and talkativeness.

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