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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.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
transvestic fetishismA paraphilia of cross-dressing; clinical question is whether the TF is accompanied by gender dysphoria–persistent discomfort with present gender role or identity, which if extreme may eventuate in sexual reassignment. See Sexual reassignment.
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