|1.||See also manic depression a mental disorder characterized by great excitement and occasionally violent behaviour|
|2.||an obsessional enthusiasm or partiality: a mania for mushrooms|
|[C14: via Late Latin from Greek: madness]|
|—n combining form|
|indicating extreme desire or pleasure of a specified kind or an abnormal excitement aroused by something: kleptomania; nymphomania; pyromania|
|—adj combining form, —n combining form|
mania ma·ni·a (mā'nē-ə, mān'yə)
A manifestation of bipolar disorder characterized by profuse and rapidly changing ideas, exaggerated gaiety, and excessive physical activity.
Violent, abnormal, or impulsive behavior. In psychological terms, mania is wild activity associated with manic depression.
Note: A “mania” in popular terms is an intense enthusiasm or craze.