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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] Etymologies: olfactophilia (Latin=olfacto, to smell, pertaining to the sense of smell, and Greek=philia, love); osmolagnia (Greek=osme, smell, and lagneia, lust).

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]

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  1. ^ "Paraphilias".  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. ^ Sigmund Freud, Collected papers, p. 77
  3. ^ Campbell R.J., (2004) Campbell's Psychiatric Dictionary. New York: Oxford University Press. p.483