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Having a level of interest or involvement in sexual activity that is higher than some norm or expectation, often used to indicate that the high level causes problems for the individual, such as personal distress or impairment of social or emotional functioning.

hy′per·sex′u·al′i·ty (-sĕk′sho͞o-ăl′ĭ-tē) n.
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extremely or excessively sexual or given to sexual activities
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(ˌhaɪ pərˈsɛk ʃu əl)

unusually or excessively active in or concerned with sexual matters.
hy`per•sex`u•al′i•ty, n.
hy`per•sex′u•al•ly, adv.
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