nec·ro·phil·i·a (nĕk′rə-fĭlē-ə) also nec·rophi·lism (nĭ-krōfə-lĭz′əm, nĕ-)
1. Obsessive fascination with death and corpses.
2. The deriving of sexual gratification from fantasies or acts involving a corpse.
nec′ro·phili·ac′ (-ē-ăk′) adj. & n.
necro·phile′ (-fīl′) n.
nec′ro·philic (-fĭlĭk) adj.
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