mania-, -mania, -maniac, -maniacal, -manic, -manically, -maniacally

(Greek: a specific mental disorder or obsessive preoccupation with something; madness, frenzy; obsession, or abnormal desire for or with something or someone; also, an excessive enthusiasm or fondness for something that is not safe or advantageous)

A craze for orchids OR an excessive fascination with testicles.
1. A compulsion to eat or an excessive appetite for food.
2. An enormous increase in food consumption as a result of fearing that one is too thin.
3. The consumption of enormous quantities of food motivated by a fear of losing weight.
An excessive fascination with birds.
paramania (s) (noun), paramanias (pl)
An irresistible urge and emotional impulse to get joy, or pleasure, from complaining.
paratereseomania, parateresiomania
A compulsion to see new sights and places.
An obsessive zeal or preoccupation with the second coming of Christ.
pathomania (s) (noun) (no pl)
A morbid perversion of the natural feelings, affections, inclinations, and natural impulses without any remarkable disorder of the intellect: In the story Mary was reading, the main character was in a state of pathomania with such symptoms as madness and moral insanity.
A compulsion for mutilation or maiming.
An unusual multiplication of floral petals.
phagomania (s) (noun) (no plural)
1. An insatiable hunger or craving for food, or an obsessive preoccupation with the subject of eating: George has a passion or a phagomania for eating large quantities of various kinds of food.
2. Etymology: from Greek phago, "to eat" + -mania, "compulsion, obsession; madness."
An uncontrollable compulsion to eat.
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1. An uncontrollable impulse to pick at a spot or growth on one’s body; the habit of picking at scabs, biting one’s nails, or picking pimples.
2. The constant preoccupation with some external part of the body, as plucking the beard, pulling the lobe of the ear, etc.
1. Someone who has an uncontrollable impulse to pick at a spot or growth on his or her body.
2. A person who has the habit of picking at scabs, biting her or his nails, or picking pimples.
pharmacomania, pharmacophilia
1. A craze for using or for trying drugs; a chronic fascination with medicines.
2. An uncontrollable desire to take or to administer medicines.
Having a excessive desire, craving, or fondness for kissing.
Having an abnormal compulsion to kiss.

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Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "anger, angry; rage, wrath, fury; rave": fur-, furi-; ira-; lysso-; rab-, rav-.