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Coined in a 1977 paper by J. Money et al. in the Journal of Sex Research,[1], from Ancient Greek ἀπό (apó, away) + τέμνω (témnō, cut) +‎ -philia.


apotemnophilia (uncountable)

  1. (psychology) A neurological disorder characterized by the intense and long-standing desire for amputation of a specific limb.
  2. (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[2], 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[3]:
      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.


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