necrophilia

Someone who is overly interested in dead bodies — even feeling an attraction toward them — suffers from necrophilia.

Use the noun necrophilia to describe a person's fascination with, and sexual attraction to, corpses. There is some evidence that members of the Moche civilization, in what is now Peru, believed that sex with dead bodies provided a spiritual connection with the deceased, but necrophilia has mostly been a rare and abnormal occurrence. The word comes from the Greek nekros, "death," and philia, "love or affection."

Definitions of necrophilia
  1. noun
    an irresistible sexual attraction to dead bodies
    synonyms: necromania, necrophilism
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    type of:
    cacoethes, mania, passion
    an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
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