apotemnophilia

noun
ap·​o·​tem·​no·​phil·​ia | \ ˌa-pə-ˌtem-nō-ˈfi-lē-ə, -ˈfē- How to pronounce apotemnophilia (audio) \

Medical Definition of apotemnophilia

: 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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“Apotemnophilia.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/apotemnophilia. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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