[nim-fuh-mey-nee-ak, nim-foh‐]
a woman who has abnormally excessive and uncontrollable sexual desire.
adjective Also, nymphomaniacal [nim-foh-muh-nahy-uh-kuhl] .
(of a woman) afflicted with abnormally excessive sexual desire.
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[nim-fuh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh]
noun Pathology.
abnormally excessive and uncontrollable sexual desire in women.

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

nymphomaniac [nim-fuh-mey-nee-ak] , noun, adjective
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nymphomania (ˌnɪmfəˈmeɪnɪə)
Compare satyriasis 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
[C18: New Latin, from Greek numphē nymph + -mania]
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

1775, in Eng. translation of "Nymphomania, or a Dissertation Concerning the Furor Uterinus," by Fr. doctor M.D.T. Bienville, coined from Gk. nymphe "bride" + mania "madness," perhaps influenced by earlier Fr. nymphomanie. Defined as "a female disease characterized by morbid and uncontrollable sexual
desire." Also coined in 1775 (by Richard Chandler, in "Travels in Greece") was nympholepsy, on model of epilepsy, with second element from stem of Gk. lambanein "to take;" defined as "a state of rapture supposed to be inspired in men by nymphs; esp. an ecstasy or frenzy caused by desire for the unattainable." Nympho "nymphomaniac" is from 1935.
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nymphomania nym·pho·ma·ni·a (nĭm'fə-mā'nē-ə, -mān'yə)
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 [(nim-fuh-may-nee-uh)]

The presence in women of abnormally powerful sexual desires.

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