nymphomania

[ nim-fuh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh ]
/ ˌnɪm fəˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə /
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noun Pathology.

abnormally excessive and uncontrollable sexual desire in women.

Nearby words

  1. nymphitis,
  2. nympho,
  3. nympho-,
  4. nympholepsy,
  5. nympholept,
  6. nymphomaniac,
  7. nymphomaniacal,
  8. nymphoncus,
  9. nymphotomy,
  10. nymphs


Origin of nymphomania

1790–1800; < Greek nympho- (see nymph, -o-) + -mania

Related formsnym·pho·ma·ni·ac [nim-fuh-mey-nee-ak] /ˌnɪm fəˈmeɪ niˌæk/, noun, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for nymphomania

nymphomania

/ (ˌnɪmfəˈmeɪnɪə) /

noun

a neurotic condition in women in which the symptoms are a compulsion to have sexual intercourse with as many men as possible and an inability to have lasting relationships with themCompare satyriasis
Derived Formsnymphomaniac, noun, adjectivenymphomaniacal (ˌnɪmfəʊməˈnaɪəkəl), adjective

Word Origin for nymphomania

C18: New Latin, from Greek numphē nymph + -mania

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Word Origin and History for nymphomania

nymphomania

n.

1775, in English translation of "Nymphomania, or a Dissertation Concerning the Furor Uterinus," by French doctor M.D.T. Bienville, coined from Greek nymphe "bride" (see nymph) + mania "madness" (see mania). Perhaps influenced by earlier French nymphomanie. Defined as "a female disease characterized by morbid and uncontrollable sexual desire." Cf. also nympholepsy.

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Medicine definitions for nymphomania

nymphomania

[ nĭm′fə-mānē-ə, -mānyə ]

n.

A disorder in which a woman exhibits extreme or obsessive desire for sexual stimulation or gratification.
Related formsnym′pho•mani•ac′ (-nē-ăk′) adj. n.nym′pho•ma•nia•cal (-mə-nīə-kəl) adj.


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Culture definitions for nymphomania

nymphomania

[ (nim-fuh-may-nee-uh) ]

The presence in women of abnormally powerful sexual desires.

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