pedophilia

noun pe·do·phil·ia \ ˌpe-də-ˈfi-lē-ə , ˌpē- \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of pedophilia

: sexual perversion in which children are the preferred sexual object; specifically : a psychiatric disorder in which an adult has sexual fantasies about or engages in sexual acts with a prepubescent child

pedophiliac

play \ˌpe-də-ˈfi-lē-ˌak, ˌpē-\ or pedophilic play \ˌpe-də-ˈfi-lik, ˌpē-\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of pedophilia

New Latin

Medical Dictionary

pedophilia

noun pe·do·phil·ia \ ˌpēd-ə-ˈfil-ē-ə , ˌped- \
variants: or chiefly British paedophilia play \ˌpēd-\

medical Definition of pedophilia

: sexual perversion in which children are the preferred sexual object


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