Nanomania

Definition/Summary:

Nano

Science

  • “one billionth”. Used primarily with the metric system, this prefix denotes a factor of 10−9 or 0.000000001.
  • Measurement for prefixing units of time and length.

Greek

  • vᾶνος  meaning “dwarf”
  • Nano was a standardized prefix in 1960.

Mania

  • State of abnormally elevated arousal, affect, and energy level, or
  • “a state of heightened overall activation liable with enhanced affective expression
  • Syndrome of multiple causes. Most cases occur in mental diseases
  • Bipolar disorder carries mania as a major component as well as some other psychiatric disorders  such as schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type
  • Often the people either retain sufficient self-control to function normally or are unaware that they have “gone manic” severely enough to know when they may be dangerous to themselves or others

Expanded info:

  • When used as a prefix for something other than a unit of measure means small
  • Nanodevices, nanotech, nanochance

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