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heterosexual

[het-er-uh-sek-shoo-uh l or, esp. British, -seks-yoo-] /ˌhɛt ər əˈsɛk ʃu əl or, esp. British, -ˈsɛks yu-/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or exhibiting heterosexuality.
2.
Biology. pertaining to the opposite sex or to both sexes.
noun
3.
a heterosexual person.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; hetero- + sexual
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British Dictionary definitions for heterosexuals

heterosexual

/ˌhɛtərəʊˈsɛksjʊəl/
noun
1.
a person who is sexually attracted to the opposite sex
adjective
2.
of or relating to heterosexuality
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Word Origin and History for heterosexuals

heterosexual

adj.

1892, in C.G. Craddock's translation of Krafft-Ebbing's "Psychopathia Sexualis," a hybrid; see hetero- + sexual. The noun is recorded from 1920, but not in common use until 1960s. Colloquial shortening hetero is attested from 1933.

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heterosexuals in Medicine

heterosexual het·er·o·sex·u·al (hět'ə-rō-sěk'shōō-əl)
adj.
Sexually oriented to persons of the opposite sex. n.
A heterosexual person.

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