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Olfactophilia or osmolagnia is a paraphilia for, or sexual arousal by, smells and odors emanating from the body, especially the sexual areas.[1] Sigmund Freud used the term osphresiolagnia in reference to pleasure caused by odors.[2]

Campbell's Psychiatric Dictionary includes them into parosmias, disturbances of the sense of smell.[3]


  • olfactophilia – Latin olfacto, to smell, pertaining to the sense of smell, and Greek philia, "love"
  • osmolagnia – Greek osme, "smell", and lagneia, "lust"

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  1. ^ "Paraphilias". Archived from the original on 2013-05-25. This webpage cites the source: Money, John. Lovemaps: Clinical Concepts of Sexual/Erotic Health and Pathology, Paraphilia, and Gender Transposition in Childhood, Adolescence, and Maturity. Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1986 ISBN 0-87975-456-7
  2. ^ Freud, Sigmund (1 January 1963). "Collected Papers: Three case histories". Collier Books. p. 77. Retrieved 20 December 2016 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Campbell R.J. (2004), Campbell's Psychiatric Dictionary. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 483