autoerotic asphyxia


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autoerotic asphyxia

n.
A form of sexual masochism in which oxygen flow to the brain is reduced, as by controlled strangulation or suffocation, in order to enhance the pleasure of masturbation.

au′toerot′ic asphyx′ia


n.
asphyxia caused by intentionally strangling oneself while masturbating in order to intensify the orgasm through reduced oxygen flow to the brain.
autoerot′ic asphyxia′tion, n.
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Likewise, when I reviewed the scholarly literature, the cases I cited used criteria that would rule out suicide by hanging or autoerotic asphyxia.
For example, in autoerotic asphyxia, victims may use a rope around their necks to constrict their oxygen supply to increase pleasure while masturbating; although the rope is supposed to use a slipknot as a "self-rescue" mechanism, death can occur if that fails and the rope fails to loosen.
Moreover, failed episodes of autoerotic asphyxia echo Larsson's narrative style, where ends are left hanging.