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Gerontophilia is the sexual preference for the elderly. The word gerontophilia was coined in 1901 by Richard von Krafft-Ebing.[1] It derives from Greek: geron, meaning "old man or woman" and philie, meaning "love".[2] A person who has a sexual preference for the elderly is a gerontophile. The status of gerontophilia as a paraphilia is problematic. Specialised terms are alphamegamia for the attraction to an older man and anililagnia for the attraction to an older woman.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Janssen, D.F. (2014). “Gerontophilia”: A Forensic Archaism. Sexual Offender Treatment, 9, Issue 1 (ISSN 1862-2941)
  2. ^ Kaul, A.; Duffy, S. (1991). "Gerontophilia: A case report". Medicine, Science and the Law 31: 110–114.