One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Impulsive, aimless wandering, especially as a manifestation of epilepsy and accompanied by retrograde amnesia; an instance of this.
1920s; earliest use found in Abraham Arden Brill (b. 1874). From German Poriomanie from ancient Greek πορεία journey (from πορεύειν to carry, convey, (middle and passive) to go + -ία) + German -o- + -manie.
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