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[aw-toh-i-rot-uh-siz-uh m]
  1. the arousal and satisfaction of sexual excitement within or by oneself, as by masturbation.
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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
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Historical Examples of autoerotism

  • These manifestations have been dealt with in the study of Autoerotism in vol.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6)

    Havelock Ellis

British Dictionary definitions for autoerotism


autoerotism (ˌɔːtəʊˈɛrəˌtɪzəm)

  1. psychol the arousal and use of one's own body as a sexual object, as through masturbation
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Derived Formsautoerotic, adjective
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autoerotism in Medicine


  1. Self-satisfaction of sexual desire, as by masturbation.
  2. The arousal of sexual feeling without an external stimulus.
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Related formsau′to•e•rotic (-ĭ-rŏtĭk) adj.
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