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Nymphomania is an archaic term denoting an excess of sexual behavior or sexual desire in women.

The term was first attested ("ideò nymphomania appellatur") in François Ranchin in his Opuscula medica (1627).

Nymphomania, or a Dissertation Concerning the Furor Uterinus, a treatise dedicated to nymphomania was published in 1771 by the French physician J.D.T. de Bienville. The work is seen as a pendant to L'Onanisme (1760), the famous treatise on onanism by Samuel-Auguste Tissot.

In medical phraseology, the term nymphomania is no longer in use, being covered by the gender neutral term hypersexuality. The male equvalent of the condition used to be called satyriasis.

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