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Masturbation refers to stimulating oneself for sexual excitement or climax. Most definitions specify that masturbation involves stimulating the genitals, but if you are using masturbation to describe an an activity rather than a specific action, genital contact may or may not be involved.

While the term masturbation can be found in early 17th century texts, around that same time another term, onanism, was being used, in a specifically negative context. The term “self-pollution” was also used for masturbation. Today masturbation is the term used in health care and sex education, although less clinical terms are sometimes preferred.

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Also Known As: onanism, solo sex, self love
Common Misspellings: masterbation, musterbation
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