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fetishism

 [fet´ish-izm]
1. the worship of fetishes.
2. use of fetishes as a preferred or necessary adjunct to sexual arousal.
transvestic fetishism a paraphilia of heterosexual males, characterized by recurrent, intense sexual urges, arousal, or orgasm associated with fantasized or actual cross-dressing, to the extent that this causes significant distress or impairment in the person's life. Called also transvestism.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

fet·ish·ism

(fet'ish-izm, fē'tish-),
The act of worshipping or using for sexual arousal and gratification that which is regarded as a fetish.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

fetishism

(fĕt′ĭ-shĭz′əm)
n.
The deriving of sexual gratification from fantasies or acts involving a fetish.

fet′ish·ist n.
fet′ish·is′tic adj.
fet′ish·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
A paraphilia involving the use of nonliving objects—fetishes—for sexual arousal; as defined by the DSM-IV, fetishism occurs over a period of 6 months, is distressful to the subject, and is not limited to those articles of female clothing used in cross-dressing, known as transvestic fetishism, or devices designed for tactile genital stimulation
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

fetishism

A paraphilia–sexual deviation that involves the use of nonliving objects–fetishes for sexual arousal; as defined by the DSM-IV, fetishism occurs over a period of ≥ 6 months, is distressful to the subject, and is not limited to those articles of female clothing used in cross-dressing, known as transvestic fetishism, or devices–eg vibrators, designed for tactile genital stimulation. See Fetish, Sexual deviation.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fet·ish·ism

(fet'ish-izm)
The act of worshipping or using for sexual arousal and gratification that which is regarded as a fetish.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

fetishism

Sexual interest aroused by an object, such as an article of clothing, or by a part of the body not normally considered sexually significant. Fetishism is essentially a male disorder and, if severe, the affected person will prefer contact with the object to contact with the owner and will often use the object to assist in masturbation.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Fetishism

Obtaining sexual arousal using or thinking about an inanimate object or part of the body.
Mentioned in: Sexual Perversions
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