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kleptomania

 [klep″to-ma´ne-ah]
an impulse control disorder consisting of an abnormal, uncontrollable desire to steal.

klep·to·ma·ni·a

(klep'tō-mā'nē-ă),
A disorder of impulse control characterized by a morbid tendency to steal.
[G. kleptō, to steal, + mania, insanity]

kleptomania

(klĕp′tə-mā′nē-ə, -mān′yə)
n.
A psychiatric disorder characterized by an irresistible impulse to steal things even though there is no personal or financial need for them.

klep′to·ma′ni·ac′ (-nē-ăk′) n.
klep′to·ma·ni′a·cal (-mə-nī′ĭ-kəl) adj.

kleptomania

Psychology Compulsive stealing, usually of objects which may have symbolic significance

klep·to·ma·ni·a

(klep'tō-mā'nē-ă)
A disorder of impulse control characterized by a morbid tendency to steal.
[G. kleptō, to steal, + mania, insanity]

kleptomania

A rare impulse disorder featuring recurrent stealing of things neither needed nor wanted. The object is the emotional relief of tension accompanying a successful theft rather than acquisition. This is often followed by strong guilt feelings. Only 1 person in 20 arrested for shop-lifting behaves in a manner consistent with the diagnosis. The cause is unknown.

Kleptomania

An impulse control disorder in which one steals objects that are of little or no value.

klep·to·ma·ni·a

(klep'tō-mā'nē-ă)
A disorder of impulse control with a morbid tendency to steal.
[G. kleptō, to steal, + mania, insanity]
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