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algolagnia

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noun al·go·lag·nia \ˌal-gō-ˈlag-nē-ə\

Definition of algolagnia

  1. :  a perversion (as sadism or masochism) characterized by pleasure and especially sexual gratification in inflicting or suffering pain

algolagniac

play \-ˈlag-nē-ˌak\ noun


Origin and Etymology of algolagnia

New Latin, from Greek algos pain + lagneia lust, from lagnos lustful — more at slack


First Known Use: circa 1900


Medical Dictionary

algolagnia

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noun al·go·lag·nia \ˌal-gō-ˈlag-nē-ə\

Medical Definition of algolagnia

  1. :  a perversion (as masochism or sadism) in which pleasure and especially sexual gratification is obtained by inflicting or suffering pain

algolagnic

\-nik\play adjective



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