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 for monomania
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Monomania \Mon`o*ma"ni*a\, n. [Mono- + mania.]
     Derangement of the mind in regard of a single subject only;
     also, such a concentration of interest upon one particular
     subject or train of ideas to show mental derangement.
     [1913 Webster]
     Syn: Insanity; madness; alienation; aberration; derangement;
          mania. See Insanity.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a mania restricted to one thing or idea [syn: monomania,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  36 Moby Thesaurus words for "monomania":
     absorbed attention, absorption, application, complex, compulsion,
     concentration, contemplation, deep study, deep thought, engagement,
     engrossment, fascination, fixation, fixed idea, hang-up,
     hypercathexis, idee fixe, immersion, intentness, involvement,
     irresistible impulse, meditation, morbid drive, obsession,
     obsessive compulsion, possession, preoccupation, prepossession,
     profound thought, rapt attention, ruling passion,
     single-mindedness, studiousness, study, submersion, tic

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MONOMANIA. med. jur. Insanity only upon a particular subject; and with a 
  single delusion of the mind. 
       2. The most simple form of this disorder is that in which the patient 
  has imbibed some single notion, contrary to common sense and to his own 
  experience, and which seems, and no doubt really is, dependent on errors of 
  sensation. It is supposed the mind in other respects retains its 
  intellectual powers. In order to avoid any civil act done, or criminal 
  responsibility incurred, it must manifestly appear that the act in question 
  was the effect of monomania. Cyclop. Pract. Medicine, title Soundness and 
  Unsoundness of Mind; Dr. Ray on Insanity, Sec. 203; 13 Ves. 89; 3 Bro. C. C. 
  444; 1 Addams' R. 283; Hagg. R. 18; 2 Addams' R. 102; 2 Addams' R. 79, 94, 
  209; 5 Car. & P. 168; Dr. Burrows on Insanity, 484, 485. Vide Delusion; 
  Mania; and Trebuchet, Jur. de la Med. 55 to 58. 

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