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Definitionasphyxiophilia , a paraphilia in which sexuoerotic arousal and orgasm are dependent on or facilitated by the lack of oxygen produced by self-strangulation or from being strangulated or asphyxiated by a sexual partner, up to, but not including, the loss of consciousness. Asphyxiaphilia is a paraphilia of the sacrificial/expiatory type.
Etymology: From the Greek asphyxia , no pulse, and philia , atachment to.
Synonyms: erotic self-strangulation; hypoxyphilia; strangulation fetish.
See also: autoerotic death; autoerotic strangulation; breath control; rasper; scarfing; sexual asphyxia.
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