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 (dĭp′sə-mā′nē-ə, -mān′yə)
An insatiable craving for alcoholic beverages.

[Greek dipsa, thirst + -mania.]

dip′so·ma′ni·ac (-ăk′) adj. & n.
dip′so·ma·ni′a·cal (-mə-nī′ə-kəl) adj.
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