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libido

noun li·bi·do \lə-ˈbē-(ˌ)dō also ˈli-bə-ˌdō\

: a person's desire to have sex

plural li·bi·dos

Full Definition of LIBIDO

1
:  instinctual psychic energy that in psychoanalytic theory is derived from primitive biological urges (as for sexual pleasure or self-preservation) and that is expressed in conscious activity
2
:  sexual drive

Examples of LIBIDO

  1. Lack of libido may be a sign of depression.

Origin of LIBIDO

New Latin libidin-, libido, from Latin, desire, lust, from libēre to please — more at love
First Known Use: 1909

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

Rhymes with LIBIDO

libido

noun li·bi·do \lə-ˈbēd-(ˌalso ˈlib-ə-ˌor lə-ˈbī-(ˌ)dō\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural li·bi·dos

Medical Definition of LIBIDO

1
:  instinctual psychic energy that in psychoanalytic theory is derived from primitive biological urges (as for sexual pleasure or self-preservation) and that is expressed in conscious activity
2
:  sexual drive

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