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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: par'a-fil'e-a


  1. A condition, in either men or women, of compulsive responsivity and obligatory dependence on an unusual or personally or socially unacceptable external stimulus or internal fantasy for sexual arousal or orgasm.
  2. In legal parlance, a perversion or deviancy.

[para- + G. philos, fond]

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