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nymphomania

 [nim″fo-ma´ne-ah]
a former term for excessive sexual desire in a woman, which may lead to promiscuous sexual behavior; a form of paraphilia that is usually the result of a psychologic inability to achieve sexual satisfaction. Since the condition originates in emotional rather than physical disturbance, it is the underlying emotional problem that should be treated.

nym·pho·ma·ni·a

(nim'fō-mā'nē-ă),
An insatiable impulse to engage in sexual behavior in a female; the counterpart of satyriasis in a male.
[nympho- + G. mania, frenzy]

nymphomania

(nĭm′fə-mā′nē-ə, -mān′yə)
n.
Unrestrained sexual behavior by a woman.

nym′pho·ma′ni·ac′ (-nē-ăk′) adj. & n.
nym′pho·ma·ni′a·cal (-mə-nī′ə-kəl) adj.
A popular term for a female psychosexual disorder characterised by a marked and promiscuous increase in sexual activity and intercourse with different male partners without falling in love

nymphomania

Female hypersexuality Psychiatry A popular term for a ♀ psychosexual disorder characterized by ↑↑↑ in sexual activity and desire, viewed in the psychoanalytic context as a reponse to an inferiority complex and/or a need for affection; the compulsive condition in a ♀ of recurrent sexual intercourse with different ♂ partners, promiscuously and without falling in love, but not as a paid prostitute or call girl. Cf Don Juan syndrome, Satyriasis, Sexual addiction, Sexual compulsivity.

nym·pho·ma·ni·a

(nim'fō-mā'nē-ă)
Older term for an insatiable impulse to engage in sexual behavior by a female; the counterpart of satyriasis in a male.
[nympho- + G. mania, frenzy]

nymphomania

Excessive desire by a woman for copulation. The concept of nymphomania is largely a fiction, engendered in less liberal days by male wish-fulfilment fantasy or by puritanical and censorious contemplation of healthy female sexuality.
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By looking at paintings of nymphs alongside descriptions of nymphomaniacs in the medical literature, I have outlined parallels of ambiguity and contradiction between the myth and the medicine.
Nymphs and nymphomaniacs are both victims and threats in their sexuality.
However, whilst Waterhouse's depiction of the moment before the nymphs' erotic abduction of a young man fits in with the idea of the sexually aggressive nymphomaniac, the pictorial range of nymphs in nineteenth-century paintings is large and inconsistent, displaying different expressions of sexuality.
Firstly, in order to investigate the nature of the relationship between nymph and nymphomaniac, I will establish that this relationship exists.
Having established a link between the mythical nymph and the medical nymphomaniac, I will now attempt to define and understand both as separate categories.
Similar to the nymph, the nineteenth-century nymphomaniac was a shifting and slippery concept.
In addition to the problem of identifying the nymphomaniac, within medical and popular discourses there was also uncertainty over explaining the causes of the nymphomaniac.
In these sections, I have explored the difficulties of defining both the nymph and the nymphomaniac. Thanks to lexical ambiguity, the divine nymph is connected to and entangled with the figure of the mortal bride as both are "[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]" and can share features that make them resemble each other, such as youth and beauty.
In this section, I will argue that the nymph's complicated status as both potential victim and potential threat is a central feature of her artistic depiction and that this contradiction corresponds to medical descriptions of the nymphomaniac. The complex and ambiguous nature of the nymph comes to light by comparing and contrasting representations of nymphs with their male counterparts, satyrs.