Armpit fetishism (also known as maschalagnia) is where an individual is sexually attracted to armpits.
The attraction is mostly directed towards the strong odour of the armpit. The odour of the armpit is the most powerful in the body, sufficiently powerful to act as a muscular stimulant even in the absence of any direct sexual association.
Those who have a fetish for armpits often enjoy kissing, tasting or smelling their partner's armpits during sexual foreplay. Sometimes they require their partners not to shower or wash their armpits, so that the smell becomes stronger than it normally is.
Adults generally have hair in their armpits, but many women and some men shave their armpits to look better and reduce the accumulation of sweat and body odour.
The medical term for an armpit is axilla (plural axillae).
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