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[ped-uh-fil-ee-uh or, esp. British, pee-duh-] /ˌpɛd əˈfɪl i ə or, esp. British, ˌpi də-/
noun, Psychiatry.
sexual desire in an adult for a child.
Origin of pedophilia
From New Latin, dating back to 1905-10; See origin at pedo-1, -philia Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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a variant spelling (esp US) of paedophilia
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Word Origin and History for pedophilia

1900, from Greek pais (genitive paidos) "child" (see pedo-) + philos "loving" see -phile). First attested in an abstract of a report by Krafft-Ebing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pedophilia in Medicine

pedophilia ped·o·phil·i·a (pěd'ə-fĭl'ē-ə, pē'də-)
The act or fantasy on the part of an adult of engaging in sexual activity with a child or children.

ped'o·phile' (-fīl') n.
ped'o·phil'i·ac' (-fĭl'ē-āk') adj. & n.
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