hypomania

noun hy·po·ma·nia \ ˌhī-pə-ˈmā-nē-ə , -nyə \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of hypomania

: a mild mania especially when part of bipolar disorder

hypomanic

play \ˌhī-pə-ˈma-nik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of hypomania

borrowed from German Hypomanie, from hypo- hypo- + Manie mania
Note: Hypomanie was introduced by the German neurologist and psychologist Emanuel Mendel (1839-1907) in Die Manie: eine Monographie (Vienna/Leipzig, 1881), p. 38: "Unter diesen Umständen schlage ich, mit Rücksicht auf das schon von Hippokrates gebrauchte [Greek letters] 'hypomainomenai', vor, die Formen von Manie, die das typische Krankheitsbild derselben nur in geringer Entwicklung, gewissermassen abortiv, zeigen, als Hypomanie zu bezeichnen." ("Under these circumstances I suggest, taking into consideration [the expression] hypomainomenai already employed by Hippocrates, that the forms of mania in which typical features are only slightly developed, to a certain degree stillborn, be called hypomania.") Hippocrates' hypomainómenai is the plural participle of a verb hypomaínomai, hypomaínesthai, taken to mean "to be somewhat mad."


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hypomania

noun hy·po·ma·nia \ ˌhī-pə-ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə \

medical Definition of hypomania

: a mild mania especially when part of bipolar disorder

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