A morbid compulsion to expose a part of the body, especially the genitals, with the intent of provoking sexual interest in the viewer.

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ex·hi·bi·tion·ism .ek-sə-'bish-ə-niz-əm n
1 a) a perversion marked by a tendency to indecent exposure
b) an act of such exposure
2) the act or practice of behaving so as to attract attention to oneself

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exposure of the genitals to another person, as a sexually deviant act. The word is often broadened to mean public flaunting of any quality of the individual.

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ex·hi·bi·tion·ism (eg″zĭ-bishґə-niz-əm) [DSM-IV] a paraphilia characterized by recurrent intense sexual urges and sexually arousing fantasies of exposing the genitals to an unsuspecting stranger. Exhibitionism occurs almost exclusively in males. exhibitionist n

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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