[ih-roj-uh-nuh s]


especially sensitive to sexual stimulation, as certain areas of the body: erogenous zones.
arousing or tending to arouse sexual desire; sexually stimulating.

Also er·o·gen·ic [er-uh-jen-ik] /ˌɛr əˈdʒɛn ɪk/.

Origin of erogenous

1885–90; < Greek érō(s) Eros + -genous
Related formse·rog·e·ne·i·ty [ih-roj-uh-nee-i-tee] /ɪˌrɒdʒ əˈni ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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erogenic (ˌɛrəˈdʒɛnɪk)


sensitive to sexual stimulationerogenous zones of the body
arousing sexual desire or giving sexual pleasure
Derived Formserogeneity (ˌɛrədʒɪˈniːɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for erogenous

C19: from Greek erōs love, desire + -genous
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Word Origin and History for erogenous

formed 1889 from Greek eros "sexual love" (see Eros) + -genous "producing." A slightly earlier variant was erogenic (1887), from French érogénique. Both, as OED laments, are improperly formed. Erogenous zone attested by 1905.

In this connection reference may be made to the well-known fact that in some hysterical subjects there are so-called "erogenous zones" simple pressure on which suffices to evoke the complete orgasm. There is, perhaps, some significance, from our present point of view, in the fact that, as emphasized by Savill ("Hysterical Skin Symptoms," Lancet, January 30 1904) the skin is one of the very best places to study hysteria. [Havelock Ellis, "Studies in the Psychology of Sex," 1914]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

erogenous in Medicine




Responsive or sensitive to sexual stimulation, as of particular body parts.
Arousing sexual desire.
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