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nymphomania

[nim-fuh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh] /ˌnɪm fəˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə/
noun, Pathology
1.
abnormally excessive and uncontrollable sexual desire in women.
Origin of nymphomania
1790-1800
1790-1800; < Greek nympho- (see nymph, -o-) + -mania
Related forms
nymphomaniac
[nim-fuh-mey-nee-ak] /ˌnɪm fəˈmeɪ niˌæk/ (Show IPA),
noun, adjective
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  • In exceptional cases it may even reach the intensity of nymphomania.

    Woman William J. Robinson
  • Mother hysterical, with nymphomania, and deafness due to chronic otitis.

    The Criminal Havelock Ellis
  • It is well known that, while satyriasis is rare, nymphomania is comparatively common.

  • It is a disease which corresponds to satyriasis in men, and what I said of satyriasis applies with equal force to nymphomania.

    Woman William J. Robinson
  • Wichmann states that pollutions are most common in spring (being perhaps the first to make that statement), and also nymphomania.

  • Erotomania (satyriasis and nymphomania), or abnormal exaltation of the sexual appetite.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • When occurring in women this is also called nymphomania, and in men Satyriasis.

    Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology W. G. Aitchison Robertson
  • Such excesses in woman take on a more pathological character than in man, and go under the name of nymphomania.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
British Dictionary definitions for nymphomania

nymphomania

/ˌnɪmfəˈmeɪnɪə/
noun
1.
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 them Compare satyriasis
Derived Forms
nymphomaniac, noun, adjective
nymphomaniacal (ˌnɪmfəʊməˈnaɪəkəl) adjective
Word Origin
C18: New Latin, from Greek numphē nymph + -mania
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Word Origin and History for 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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nymphomania in Medicine

nymphomania nym·pho·ma·ni·a (nĭm'fə-mā'nē-ə, -mān'yə)
n.
A disorder in which a woman exhibits extreme or obsessive desire for sexual stimulation or gratification.


nym'pho·ma'ni·ac' (-nē-āk') adj. & n.
nym'pho·ma·ni'a·cal (-mə-nī'ə-kəl) adj.
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nymphomania in Culture
nymphomania [(nim-fuh-may-nee-uh)]

The presence in women of abnormally powerful sexual desires.

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