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A group of mental disorders characterized by recurrent sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviour involving non-human objects, children or other non-consenting sexual partners, or suffering or humiliation of oneself or a sexual partner, causing clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. See acrotomorphilia, apotemnophilia, bestiality (1), coprophilia, ephebophilia, exhibitionism (1), fetishism, fetishistic transvestism, frotteurism, gerontophilia, hypoxyphilia, katasexualism, kleptolagnia, klysmaphilia, necrophilia, osphresiolagnia, paedophilia, renifleur, scopophilia, sexual masochism, sexual sadism, telephone scatalogia, urophilia, voyeurism, zoophilia. Also called sexual deviations or sexual preference disorders. Formerly called sexual perversions or perversions. paraphiliac n. A person with a paraphilia. [From Greek para beside or beyond + philos loving, from phileein to love + -ia indicating a condition or quality]

Subjects: Psychology.

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