algolagnia


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al·go·lag·ni·a

(al-gō-lag'nē-ă),
Obsolete term for algophilia.
[algo- + G. lagneia, lust]

algolagnia

(ăl′gō-lăg′nē-ə)
n.
Sexual gratification derived from inflicting or experiencing pain.

al′go·lag′nic adj.
al′go·lag′nist n.

algolagnia

(1) Sexuoeroticism that is contingent on receiving physical pain, in particular in an erogenous zone. Algolagnia is currently attributed to the misinterpretation of the brain of painful stimuli as pleasurable, which is linked in some cases to a mutation in SCN9A, which encodes a sodium ion channel.
(2) Sado-masochistic sexual drive, which is divided into:
• Active algolagnia, preferably termed sexual sadism, or sadism; and
• Passive algolagnia, preferably termed sexual masochism, or masochism.

al·go·lag·ni·a

(al'gō-lag'nē-ă)
Form of sexual perversion in which the infliction or the experiencing of pain increases the pleasure of the sexual act or causes sexual pleasure independent of the act; includes both sadism (active algolagnia) and masochism (passive algolagnia).
Synonym(s): algophilia (2) .
[algo- + G. lagneia, lust]
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I know what the contract is about, and it is not about seduction, conquest, intercourse, or algolagnia. What it is about is my desire symbolically to work out certain internal complexes consequent to my rather irregular childhood relations with my mother and twin sister.
Hannah Wilke's vulnerable poses--shrinking from the camera holding a gun, isolated at the end of a white hallway--came across as vastly more self-interrogative than the in-your-face algolagnia of Chris Burden's self-presentations of his body after scarring or mutilating it during one of his masochistic performances.
Of course, al-Mas udi, al-Tanukhi and others recorded some of the same spectacular examples of Abbasid Grand Guignol, but none of them betray al-Tabari's obsessive algolagnia.