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exhibitionism

 [ek″sĭ-bish´un-izm]
a paraphilia characterized by repeated acts of exposing the genitals to an unsuspecting stranger to achieve sexual excitement, with no attempt at further sexual activity with the stranger. It occurs almost exclusively in males, and in adults it is difficult to correct. It may be resorted to by an individual who is unable for physical or psychologic reasons to gain sexual gratification by normal means. A common cause is a feeling of sexual inadequacy; for this the exposure is a compensation. Exhibitionism may also be a form of masochism in which a feeling of guilt drives the person to behavior for which he knows he will be punished. Psychotherapy is necessary to deal with this type of sexual deviation.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

ex·hi·bi·tion·ism

(ek'si-bish'ŭn-izm),
A morbid compulsion to expose a part of the body, especially the genitals, with the intent of provoking sexual interest in the viewer.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

exhibitionism

(ĕk′sə-bĭsh′ə-nĭz′əm)
n.
1. Psychiatry The deriving of sexual gratification from fantasies or acts that involve exposing one's genitals to a nonconsenting stranger.
2. The act or practice of deliberately behaving so as to attract attention.

ex′hi·bi′tion·ist n.
ex′hi·bi′tion·is′tic adj.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
A paraphilia (usually in men) in which sexuoerotic arousal and orgasm hinges on exposing one’s genitalia to a stranger
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

exhibitionism

Sexology A paraphilia in which sexuoeroticism hinges on exposing the genitalia to a stranger; largely a male thing. Cf Voyeurism.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ex·hi·bi·tion·ism

(ek'si-bish'ŭn-izm)
A morbid compulsion to expose a part of the body, especially the genitals, with the intent of provoking sexual interest in the viewer.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

exhibitionism

Deliberate exposure of the genitals to others to obtain sexual gratification. Exhibitionism suggests sexual inadequacy and is performed to elicit surprise, fright or disgust. Masturbation may then be used to bring about an orgasm. Exhibitionists are usually males and seldom, if ever, offer any physical danger to the victim.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Exhibitionism

Obtaining sexual arousal by exposing genitals to an unsuspecting stranger.
Mentioned in: Sexual Perversions
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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