Asexuality

asexual

[ey-sek-shoo-uhl]
adjective
1.
Biology.
a.
having no sex or sexual organs.
b.
independent of sexual processes, especially not involving the union of male and female germ cells.
2.
free from or unaffected by sexuality: an asexual friendship.

Origin:
1820–30; a-6 + sexual

asexuality [ey-sek-shoo-al-i-tee] , noun
asexually, adverb
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asexual (eɪˈsɛksjʊəl, æ-)
 
adj
1.  having no apparent sex or sex organs
2.  (of reproduction) not involving the fusion of male and female gametes, as in vegetative reproduction, fission, or budding
 
asexuality
 
n
 
a'sexually
 
adv

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asexual
1830, as a term in biology, from a- "not" (see a- (2)) + sexual (see sex). In general contexts, attested from 1896.
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asexual a·sex·u·al (ā-sěk'shōō-əl)
adj.

  1. Having no evident sex or sex organs; sexless.

  2. Relating to, produced by, or involving reproduction that occurs without the union of male and female gametes, as in binary fission or budding.

  3. Lacking interest in or desire for sex.


a·sex'u·al'i·ty (-āl'ĭ-tē) n.
a·sex'u·al·ly adv.
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asexuality [(ay-sek-shooh-al-i-tee)]

Having no sexual organs, or engaging in no sexual activity.

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