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hetero

[het-uh-roh] /ˈhɛt əˌroʊ/
adjective
1.
Chemistry. of or pertaining to an atom other than carbon, particularly in a cyclic compound.
2.
Informal. heterosexual.
noun, plural heteros.
3.
Informal. a heterosexual person.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35 for def 2; (in def 1) by shortening of heteroatom; (in def 2) by shortening of heterosexual; see -o

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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  • As for the rest of you godless hetero-couples reading this, toss your contraceptives and get busy in the bedroom.
British Dictionary definitions for hetero

hetero

/ˈhɛtərəʊ/
noun, adjective (pl) -os
1.
short for heterosexual

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 hetero

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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hetero in Medicine

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

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hetero in Science
hetero-  
A prefix that means "different" or "other," as in heterophyllous, having different kinds of leaves.
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Slang definitions & phrases for hetero

hetero

adjective

Heterosexual (1933+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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