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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.
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.
The presence in women of abnormally powerful sexual desires.