paraphilia


para·phil·ia

noun \ˌpa-rə-ˈfi-lē-ə\

Definition of PARAPHILIA

:  a pattern of recurring sexually arousing mental imagery or behavior that involves unusual and especially socially unacceptable sexual practices (as sadism or pedophilia)
para·phil·iac \-ˈfi-lē-ˌak\ or para·phil·ic \-ˈfi-lik\ adjective or noun

Origin of PARAPHILIA

New Latin
First Known Use: 1925

para·phil·ia

noun \-ˈfil-ē-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PARAPHILIA

: a pattern of recurring sexually arousing mental imagery or behavior that involves unusual and especially socially unacceptable sexual practices (as sadism, masochism, fetishism, or pedophilia)

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