Fellatio

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Fellatio is oral sex performed upon the penis.[1] It may be performed to induce male orgasm and ejaculation of semen, or it may be used as foreplay prior to sexual intercourse.[2]

Fellatio is also known as Fellation,[3] a blow job (BJ), giving head or sucking off.[1]

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Etymology

The English noun fellatio comes from fellātus, which in Latin is the past participle of the verb fellāre, meaning to suck. In fellatio the -us is replaced by the -io, an alternate form of the suffix -ion. The -ion or -io ending is used in English to create nouns from Latin adjectives and it can indicate a state or action wherein the Latin verb is being, or has been, performed.

Further English words have been created based on the same Latin root. A person who performs fellatio upon another may be termed a fellator. Because of Latin's gender based declension, this word may be restricted by some English speakers to describing a male. The equivalent female term is fellatrix.

Deep-throating

Deep-throating is an act in which a man's entire erect penis is inserted deep into the mouth of a partner, in such a way as to enter the receiving partner's throat. The term was popularized by the 1972 film Deep Throat. It may be difficult for some people to perform, due to the requirement of suppressing the natural gag reflex.

Cultural significance

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