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

noun Psychiatry.

a mania of low intensity.

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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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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hypomania in Medicine


[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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