Definition of automanipulation in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɔːtə(ʊ)məˌnɪpjʊˈleɪʃn/


  • 1Medicine
    Manipulation of a part of one's own body; especially reduction of a hernia or dislocation by oneself.

  • 2Psychology Medicine
    Specifically = "masturbation".

  • 3Psychology
    Repeated fingering of the face, hair, or other part of the body, or of a small object, especially as a signifier of social stress or anxiety in children.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Medical Record. From auto- + manipulation.