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n. abnormal protrusion of the eyeball, a condition commonly associated with hyperthyroidism. Exophthalmos combined with a goiter, a swelling in the neck due to an enlarged thyroid gland (exophthalmic goiter), is a prominent feature of Graves’ disease. Exophthalmos may also be the result of a tumor or infection involving the eye. It is often characterized by the appearance of a fixed stare. —exophthalmic adj.

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telephone scatologia

a paraphilia in which an individual obtains sexual pleasure by making obscene telephone calls. See scatophilia.