n. an agent or substance that is thought to stimulate sexual desire or sexual activity in humans or animals. Agents popularly considered to be aphrodisiacs include odors (e.g., perfumes), foods (e.g., raw oysters and chestnuts), and certain types of drugs. Alcohol, various alkaloids (e.g., yohimbine), cantharidin from the Spanish fly, vitamin E, and amyl nitrite have been cited as aphrodisiacs, although research evidence is lacking. In some cases, research shows such agents not to have any sexual effects whatsoever.

APHRODISIAC: "An aphrodisiac is an agent that is intended to promote sexual desire or sexual activity."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "APHRODISIAC," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/aphrodisiac/ (accessed January 29, 2023).


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