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het

[het] /hɛt/
noun
1.
a heterosexual person.
adjective
2.
heterosexual.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75; by shortening

hetero-

1.
a combining form meaning “different,” “other,” used in the formation of compound words:
heterocyclic.
Also, especially before a vowel, heter-.
Origin
combining form of Greek héteros the other of two, other, different
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British Dictionary definitions for heter

het1

/hɛt/
noun
1.
(slang) short for heterosexual

het2

/hɛt/
verb
1.
(archaic or dialect) a past tense and past participle of heat
adjective
2.
a Scot word for hot
See also het up

hetero-

combining form
1.
other, another, or different: heterodyne, heterophony, heterosexual Compare homo-
Word Origin
from Greek heteros other
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Word Origin and History for heter

het

adj.

"heated," archaic, late 14c., from variant past participle of heat (cf. lead/led, etc.).

hetero-

word-forming element meaning "other, different," from comb. form of Greek heteros "the other (of two), another, different;" first element meaning "one, at one, together," from PIE *sem- "one;" the second cognate with the second element in Latin al-ter, Gothic an-þar, Old English o-ðer "other."

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heter in Medicine

hetero- or heter-
pref.
Other; different: heterocellular.

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heter in Science
hetero-  
A prefix that means "different" or "other," as in heterophyllous, having different kinds of leaves.
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