1. A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.

2. <zoology> A genus of harmless colubrine snakes.

Origin: L, fr. Gr, fr. Thirst.

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An abnormal or excessive thirst, or a craving for unusual forms of drink.

Synonyms: dipsosis, morbid thirst.

Origin: G. Dipseo, to thirst

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A thirst-provoking agent.

Origin: G. Dipsa, thirst, + -gen, producing

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<psychiatry> A morbid an uncontrollable craving (often periodic) for drink, especially. For alcoholic liquors; also improperly used to denote acute and chronic alcoholism.

Origin: NL, fr. Gr. Thirst + mania.

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<psychiatry> One who has an irrepressible desire for alcoholic drinks.

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Of or pertaining to dipsomania.

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<medicine> Excessive thirst produced by disease.

Origin: NL, fr. Gr. Thirst.

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dipsotherapymedical dictionary

Treatment of certain diseases by abstention, as far as possible, from liquids.

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