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homosexual

[hoh-muh-sek-shoo-uh l or, esp. British, -seks-yoo-] /ˌhoʊ məˈsɛk ʃu əl or, esp. British, -ˈsɛks yu-/
adjective
1.
Older Use: Sometimes Disparaging. sexually attracted to members of one's own sex:
homosexual students.
2.
Older Use: Sometimes Disparaging. of or pertaining to sexual desire or behavior directed toward members of one's own sex:
the homosexual subculture.
3.
Archaic. of, pertaining to, or noting the same sex:
pregnant with homosexual twins.
noun
4.
Older Use: Sometimes Disparaging. a homosexual person.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; homo- + sexual
Related forms
antihomosexual, adjective
Usage note
Up until 1986, homosexuality was listed in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), psychiatry's standard reference on the classification of mental illness. People aware of this former categorization may feel that the term homosexual stills carries a negative connotation. And some feel that this word places undue emphasis on sexual activity, or that it sounds overly clinical. In fact, homosexual as an adjective and noun is somewhat dated, except in medical and other formal contexts; the term gay has mostly replaced it. People who still use homosexual are usually unaware that the term may be a sensitive one, although some do use it with intent to cause offense. However, not all members of the gay community object to it. See also gay.
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British Dictionary definitions for homosexuals

homosexual

/ˌhəʊməʊˈsɛksjʊəl; ˌhɒm-/
noun
1.
a person who is sexually attracted to members of the same sex
adjective
2.
of or relating to homosexuals or homosexuality
3.
of or relating to the same sex
Compare heterosexual
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Word Origin and History for homosexuals
homosexual
1892, in C.G. Chaddock's translation of Krafft-Ebing's "Psychopathia Sexualis," from homo-, comb. form of Gk. homos "same" (see same) + Latin-based sexual (see sex).
" 'Homosexual' is a barbarously hybrid word, and I claim no responsibility for it." [H. Havelock Ellis, "Studies in Psychology," 1897]
The noun is first recorded 1912 in Eng., 1907 in French. In technical use, either male or female; but in non-technical use almost always male. Slang shortened form homo first attested 1929. The alternative homophile (1960) was coined in ref. to the homosexual regarded as a person of a particular social group, rather than a sexual abnormality. Homo-erotic first recorded 1916; homophobia is from 1969.
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homosexuals in Medicine

homosexual ho·mo·sex·u·al (hō'mə-sěk'shōō-əl, -mō-)
adj.
Of, relating to, or having a sexual orientation to persons of the same sex. n.
A homosexual person; a gay man or a lesbian.

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