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a combining form with the meaning “sexual desire,” used in the formation of compound words: erotomania.



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Origin of eroto-

<Greek, combining form, equivalent to erōt- (stem of érōs) Eros + -o--o-
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What does eroto- mean?

Eroto- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “sexual desire.” It is used in some scientific terms, including in psychiatry.

Eroto- comes from the Greek érōs, meaning “love.” In Greek mythology, Eros is the god of love. You might be more familiar with its Roman counterpart, Cupid, whose name comes from the Latin for “desire.”

Other words you may recognize that derive from the Greek érōs include erotic and erogenous. Learn more about their meaning and histories at our entries for the word.

Examples of eroto-

One example of a term that features eroto- is erotology, meaning “the study of erotic stimuli and sexual behavior.”

The first part of the word, eroto-, means “sexual desire.” What about logy? Ultimately from the Greek lógos (“word, saying, discourse”), -logy is a combining form commonly used to indicate a field of study. Erotology, then, literally translates to “the study of sexual desire.”

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The combining form -phobia means “fear.” What is erotophobia?

  • The ascetic often presents us with a flagrant case of eroto-mania, expressing itself in terms of religion.

    Religion &amp; Sex|Chapman Cohen

British Dictionary definitions for eroto-


combining form

denoting erotic desire, excitement, etcerotogenic; erotology
from Greek erōt-, erōs love
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