autoeroticism

noun
au·​to·​erot·​i·​cism | \ ˌȯ-tō-i-ˈrä-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce autoeroticism (audio) \
variants: or less commonly autoerotism \ ˌȯ-​tō-​ˈer-​ə-​ˌti-​zəm How to pronounce autoeroticism (audio) \

Definition of autoeroticism

1 : sexual feeling arising without known external stimulation
2 : sexual gratification obtained solely through stimulation by oneself of one's own body

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Other Words from autoeroticism

autoerotic \ ˌȯ-​tō-​i-​ˈrä-​tik How to pronounce autoeroticism (audio) \ adjective

Examples of autoeroticism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other patients may insert foreign objects into the urethra because of curiosity, mental illness, intoxication, or autoeroticism, according to a series of case studies in the International Neurourology Journal. Laura Dorwart, Health.com, 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of autoeroticism

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Autoeroticism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autoeroticism. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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