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apotemnophilia

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

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 JournalJuly 2003
  • Some physicians … have publicly asserted the need for formal investigation of the possible neurological underpinnings of apotemnophilia.
  • —Annemarie BridyThe Journal of Law, Medicine & EthicsSpring 2004

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