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asexual

[ey-sek-shoo-uh l] /eɪˈsɛk ʃu əl/
adjective
1.
Biology.
  1. having no sex or sexual organs.
  2. 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
1820-1830
1820-30; a-6 + sexual
Related forms
asexuality
[ey-sek-shoo-al-i-tee] /eɪˌsɛk ʃuˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
asexually, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for asexuality

asexual

/eɪˈsɛksjʊəl; æ-/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
asexuality (eɪˌsɛksjʊˈælɪtɪ; ˌæ-) noun
asexually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for asexuality
n.

1877; see asexual + -ity.

asexual

adj.

1830, as a term in biology, a hybrid from a- (2) "not" + sexual. In general contexts, attested from 1896.

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asexuality in Medicine

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 in Culture
asexuality [(ay-sek-shooh-al-i-tee)]

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

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