Medical Dictionary

apotemnophilia

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noun ap·o·tem·no·phil·ia \ˌa-pə-ˌtem-nō-ˈfi-lē-ə, -ˈfē-\

Medical Definition of apotemnophilia

  1. :  an overwhelming or obsessive desire to have one or more healthy body parts and especially a limb removed by amputation … the characteristic findings of this fascinating disease clearly distinguish apotemnophilia as a unique paraphilia.—J. Bensler et al., The Southern Medical Journal, July 2003 Some physicians … have publicly asserted the need for formal investigation of the possible neurological underpinnings of apotemnophilia.—Annemarie Bridy, The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Spring 2004


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