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- (psychology) A neurological disorder characterized by the intense and long standing desire for amputation of a specific limb.
- (psychology) A compulsion to become, or appear to be, an amputee.
1983, W. Everaerd, “A case of apotemnophilia: a handicap as sexual preference”, in American Journal of Psychotherapy, volume 7, number 2, page 285:
- This paper seeks to present information on apotemnophilia. It points out the need of a man to have a healthy leg amputated, despite the fact that he cannot find a surgeon who will do so.
2000, February 1, “Gerard Seenan”, in Healthy limbs cut off at patients' request[The Guardian]:
- In most cases of apotemnophilia the desire to be an amputee is linked to a form of sexual arousal, but Mr Smith said there was no suggestion that any of his patients were motivated by sexual urges.
2007 February 23, Chuck Shepherd, “News of the Weird”, in Chicago Reader:
- News of the Weird has reported several times on people with apotemnophilia, or body integrity identity disorder--the consuming desire to have one or more healthy limbs removed.