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[nim-fuh-mey-nee-ak, nim-foh‐] /ˌnɪm fəˈmeɪ niˌæk, ˌnɪm foʊ‐/
a woman who has abnormally excessive and uncontrollable sexual desire.
adjective, Also, nymphomaniacal
[nim-foh-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l] /ˌnɪm foʊ məˈnaɪ ə kəl/ (Show IPA)
(of a woman) afflicted with abnormally excessive sexual desire.


[nim-fuh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh] /ˌnɪm fəˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə/
noun, Pathology
abnormally excessive and uncontrollable sexual desire in women.
1790-1800; < Greek nympho- (see nymph, -o-) + -mania
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[nim-fuh-mey-nee-ak] /ˌnɪm fəˈmeɪ niˌæk/ (Show IPA),
noun, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for nymphomaniacs


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 nymphomaniacs
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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nymphomaniacs in Medicine

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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nymphomaniacs in Culture
nymphomania [(nim-fuh-may-nee-uh)]

The presence in women of abnormally powerful sexual desires.

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