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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.