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necrophilia

[ nek-ruh-fil-ee-uh ]
/ ˌnɛk rəˈfɪl i ə /
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noun Psychiatry.
an erotic attraction to corpses.
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Origin of necrophilia

From New Latin, dating back to 1890–95; see origin at necro-, -philia

OTHER WORDS FROM necrophilia

nec·ro·phil·i·ac [nek-ruh-fil-ee-ak], /ˌnɛk rəˈfɪl iˌæk/, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for necrophilia

necrophilia
/ (ˌnɛkrəʊˈfɪlɪə) /

noun
sexual attraction for or sexual intercourse with dead bodiesAlso called: necromania, necrophilism

Derived forms of necrophilia

necrophiliac or necrophile (ˈnɛkrəʊˌfaɪl), nounnecrophilic, adjective
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Medical definitions for necrophilia

necrophilia
[ nĕk′rə-fĭlē-ə ]

n.
An abnormal fondness for being in the presence of dead bodies.necromania
Sexual contact with or erotic desire for dead bodies.

Other words from necrophilia

nec′ro•phili•ac′ (-ē-ăk′) adj. n.
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