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Pronunciation: al-gō-fil′ē-ă

Definition: Form of sexual perversion in which the infliction or the experiencing of pain increases the pleasure of the sexual act or causes sexual pleasure independent of the act; includes both sadism (q.v.) and masochism (q.v.).

[algo- + G. phileō, to love]

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