from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology, a morbid impulse to work over mathematical problems, or to count objects or acts, such as buttons, steps, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun an obsessive-compulsive disorder in which the subject feels the need to count things


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  • Vampires are said to suffer from a condition called arithmomania: a compulsive desire to count things. numbers: these are defined as a number that can be written as the product of two smaller numbers of half the length which contain all the digits of the larger number.

    An Englishman's Castle


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    November 8, 2007

  • Obsessive-compulsive counting of everything: ceiling tiles, vertical blinds, paper clips.

    November 8, 2007