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masturbation

[mas-ter-bey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the stimulation or manipulation of one's own genitals, especially to orgasm; sexual self-gratification.
  2. the stimulation, by manual or other means exclusive of coitus, of another's genitals, especially to orgasm.
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Origin of masturbation

First recorded in 1760–70; masturbate + -ion
Related formsmas·tur·ba·tion·al, adjectivemas·tur·ba·to·ry [mas-ter-buh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈmæs tər bəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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n.

1711 (earlier as mastupration, 1620s), from French masturbation and directly from Modern Latin masturbationem (nominative masturbatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin masturbari "to masturbate." The long-standing speculation is that this Latin word is altered (probably by influence of turbare "to stir up") from *manstuprare, from manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual) + stuprare "defile" (oneself), from stuprum "defilement, dishonor," related to stupere "to be stunned, stupefied" (see stupid). But perhaps the first element represents an unattested *mazdo- "penis" [OED]. An earlier technical word for this was Onanism. Related: Masturbational.

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masturbation in Medicine

masturbation

(măs′tər-bāshən)
n.
  1. Excitation of one's own or another's genital organs, usually to orgasm, by manual contact or means other than sexual intercourse.
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