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1. abnormal fondness for animals.
2. a paraphilia in which intercourse or other sexual activity with animals is the preferred method of achieving sexual excitement; see also zoolagnia. Called also bestiality.
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A paraphilia in which sexual arousal and orgasm are facilitated by engaging in sexual activities with animals.
Synonym(s): bestiality, zooerastia
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A paraphilia in which sexuoeroticism hinges on viewing, engageing in or fanticising about sexual relations between human(s) and animal(s).
Reasons for engageing in bestiality Actor has difficulty forming normal relationships with humans or was never interested in sex with humans. Alternatively, the animal may be used as a sex toy and an animated object for sexual gratification.
Diseases linked to bestiality Worms, fleas, ticks, salmonella, campylobacteriosis, viruses which theoretically can mutate and cause new medical problems, legal and social stigmas
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Sexual relations between a human and an animal.
Synonym(s): zooerastia.
[L. bestia, beast]
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Sexual intercourse with an animal other than a human.
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The bestiality that Mladic conducted from his position during the aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina will become a historical fact,' said Ohranovic.