[ aw-toh-i-rot-uh-siz-uh m ]
/ ˌɔ toʊ ɪˈrɒt əˌsɪz əm /


the arousal and satisfaction of sexual excitement within or by oneself, as by masturbation.
Also au·to·er·o·tism [aw-toh-er-uh-tiz-uh m] /ˌɔ toʊˈɛr əˌtɪz əm/.

Origin of autoeroticism

First recorded in 1895–1900; auto-1 + eroticism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for autoerotism


autoerotism (ˌɔːtəʊˈɛrəˌtɪzəm)

/ (ˌɔːtəʊɪˈrɒtɪˌsɪzəm) /


psychol the arousal and use of one's own body as a sexual object, as through masturbation

Derived forms of autoeroticism

autoerotic, adjective
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Medical definitions for autoerotism

[ ô′tō-ĕrə-tĭz′əm ]


Self-satisfaction of sexual desire, as by masturbation.
The arousal of sexual feeling without an external stimulus.

Other words from autoerotism

au′to•e•rotic (-ĭ-rŏtĭk) adj.
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