paraphilia

noun para·phil·ia \ ˌper-ə-ˈfi-lē-ə , ˌpa-rə- \
Updated on: 3 Apr 2018

Definition of paraphilia

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

paraphiliac

play \ˌper-ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌak, ˌpa-rə-\ or paraphilic play \ˌper-ə-ˈfi-lik, ˌpa-rə-\ adjective or noun

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Origin and Etymology of paraphilia

New Latin


Medical Dictionary

paraphilia

noun para·phil·ia \ -ˈfil-ē-ə \

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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